Tag: defamation

Publishing defamatory statements: Interdict refused

Goberdan v Sitshetshe (NDPP) Publishing defamatory statements sought to be interdicted by some prosecutors in the National Prosecting Authority (NPA) but high court refused to grant the interdict because in making a value...

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Publishing defamatory statements: Unlawfulness?

Malema v Rawula In considering publishing defamatory statements the SCA disallowed the appeal from the high court and confirmed that an interdict must always be directed at future conduct and if there is no risk of future...

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Publishing defamatory statements: Truth and public interest

Malema v Rawula In considering publishing defamatory statements the SCA disallowed the appeal from the high court and confirmed that an interdict must always be directed at future conduct and if there is no risk of future...

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Defamatory statements penalised: Lawyer protected

Katz v Welz (Chaucer Publications) Defamatory statements made and published concerning a prominent attorney penalised in an action for damages which is one that seeks to protect the personal rights of persons, including the...

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Producing relevant documents: Uniform Rule 35(12) applied

Democratic Alliance v Mkhwebane With regard to the onus and producing relevant documents the SCA confirmed that the term onus is not to be confused with the burden to adduce evidence (for example, that a document is privileged...

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Bargaining council chairperson: No defence to defamation

Featherby v Zulu High court held that when defendant stated that the bargaining council chairperson was ‘going out of his way to protect the dishonest’ and that he resents those who do their work with honesty and integrity he...

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Balancing constitutional rights: Dignity and expression

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Internet defamatory statements: Exception preliminary ruling

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Injurious falsehood elements: Truth knowledge cause loss

Smith v Mountain Oaks Winery (Pty) LtdInjurious falsehood elements listed and considered by SCA and found that the statements were not false and in any event knowledge of falsity had not been alleged nor proved. “The...

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Abominable abusive action: Punitive costs awarded

Moyane v Ramaphosa Abominable abusive action and allegations attacking the integrity of a number of important national figures suitably punished with an award of costs on a punitive scale. “The primary relief that...

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