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Graeme Joffe settles Sascoc legal battle

In July 2013, Sascoc launched a defamation claim against the sports journalist.

Picture: Sascoc Facebook page.

Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect a statement sent out by Graeme Joffe after the release of Sascoc's statement.

JOHANNESBURG – Sascoc has welcomed the request by lawyers for Graeme Joffe for a settlement in the long-standing legal case.

Joffe’s insurers Hollard Insurance proposed a settlement to pay Sascoc R1.3 million. Sascoc has agreed to the terms of the offer.

In July 2013, Sascoc launched a defamation claim against the sports journalist.

The claim was instituted due to a series of online articles and a tweet published by Joffe concerning Sascoc and its board members, which Sascoc viewed as unjustified and defamatory.

In May 2017, a settlement agreement was concluded between Sascoc and Joffe's legal team.

In terms of the settlement agreement, Sascoc says it was paid an amount of R1.3 million in settlement of the action against Joffe, in addition to Sascoc’s legal costs incurred in the case.

Following receipt of the settlement amount, Sascoc withdrew the action against Joffe on 6 July 2017.

In response, Joffe issued a statement "to set the record straight after all the factually incorrect and misleading media reports which were mostly copied and pasted from a SASCOC press release and the SASCOC website".

"Not one sports journalist even called or emailed me for a comment or to confirm or deny the SASCOC PR spin.

"So, for the record: I did not settle with SASCOC, I did not pay them one cent and there was no apology or retraction.
I will never ever apologize [sic] for telling the truth!

"Everything I have reported on was factually correct and the truth will all one day prevail. SASCOC is a totally corrupt organization [sic]!

"Hollard Insurance took a business decision to settle with SASCOC which I was vehemently opposed to."

Joffe's statement adds that "Primedia reporters will also do their best to try and discredit me after I exposed Primedia Sport in a kickback scandal for a SA Rugby commercial contract renewal. And they haven’t been able to answer any of my tough questions about LeadSA and how they benefit financially from all the sports parades and airport welcomes and send offs for SA Olympic teams."

"Ironically, the lawyer representing SASCOC in my defamation case was Dario Milo who just happens to do work for both News24, Primedia and many other media houses.

"Hollard’s business decision makes me sad for SA’s sportsmen and women as this was the one chance to get clean up SA sport."