'City Press' stunned by Transnet's acting CEO's attempt to halt story

Siyabonga Gama launched an interdict to stop the 'City Press' from publishing an article about a tender.

FILE: It’s understood the multi-million rand tender was awarded by Transnet freight rail to General Nyanda Security in 2007. Picture: Destiny Magazine.

JOHANNESBURG - The City Press says it's surprised by an attempt by Transnet acting CEO Siyabonga Gama to interdict the paper from publishing an article about a controversial tender.

It's understood the multi-million rand tender was awarded by Transnet freight rail to General Nyanda Security in 2007.

Gama has launched an urgent application to stop the City Press from publishing the story with his lawyers accusing the paper of trying to defame him.

The matter is being heard in the High Court in Johannesburg.

The newspaper's editor Ferial Haffajee says this amounts to pre-publication censorship and the paper will be defending the interdict.

"Most of the information is in the public domain and relates to a R95 million security tender which has been going through the NPA and investigated by the cops. Clearly the CEO doesn't want any other information to come out."

She says the paper has been holding talks with Gama's lawyer Themba Langa for over a month.

"The stress became too much and I felt that we have to go ahead with our story and I guess that is why we are ending up in court."

Langa was not available for comment as he was in court.