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Ferial Haffajee: No interdict granted against 'City Press'

Ferial Haffajee says Siyabonga Gama’s lawyer was dishonest in his initial response to what happened in court.

'City Press' Editor Ferial Haffajee. Picture: Destiny Magazine.

JOHANNESBURG - City Press newspaper Editor Ferial Haffajee says a judge did not grant an interdict against the newspaper on publishing a Transnet story linking the acting CEO, Siyabonga Gama, to corruption.

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

Haffajee said she believes Gama's lawyer, Themba Langa, has been dishonest in his initial response to what happened in court today.

"Our transcripts and notes show that the judge granted no interdict against City Press. He did not instruct us to publish a reply or Mr Langa's version of events."

The City Press editor also said there was no order to publish Gama's right of reply.

"I always offered to publish a fair right to reply and we did so and we capture that in tomorrow's paper as well."

Earlier, Langa said the High Court in Johannesburg barred the newspaper from publishing an article linking Gama to alleged wrongdoing or corruption.

COURT PROCEEDINGS

During the hearing new evidence came to light and in light of that judge Colin Lamont facilitated a settlement between City Press and Gama with regards to a few statements in the article.

Three editorial changes were made to the original story.

The judge prohibited public and other media from repeating a few statements made in court and in court papers unless they had independently sourced them so this doesn't affect City Press at all.