Cape Times violates press council ruling, fails to publish Zille apology
18 July 2016
The Cape Times newspaper is, as of today, in violation of the Press Council Appeals Panel ruling, handed down in favour of Premier Helen Zille at the end of June.
The Cape Times had run an 8 month long smear campaign against the Premier, claiming she had hired a spy. The Appeals Panel, headed by Judge Bernard Ngoepe, found the Cape Times had violated the press code by using a single anonymous source, with no evidence to back up their malicious claims.
The Panel found further that the provincial Cabinet had, in truth, received a once-off “debugging” service back in 2010, and that this was the “very antithesis of spying”.
Judge Ngoepe’s scathing ruling had ordered the Cape Times to apologise to Premier Zille on its front page, and publish her right of reply in the same edition. They were given 14 days to do this, but today (Monday, 18 July) is the last day to comply, by our calculation, based on working days.