Sunday Sun apologises to Ms Uyanda Mbuli and to all
our readers for fabricating parts of the article headlined “LEGAL LINE DRAWN”
on 29 July 2018.
This follows a complaint lodged by Mbuli with the office
of the Press Ombud, who found that the journalist had “spiced up” certain parts
of the story
The article was about Mbuli who had opened a case of
crimen injuria against Ms S. Ramushu for accusing her of “allegedly milking a
blesser from Dubai”. According to police information, the alleged incident
happened at Florence Essence, a beauty spa in Sandton.
The police statement indicated that Ramushu had asked
Mbuli to take a picture with her. Mbuli later received a Facebook screenshot of
a picture taken of her with Ramushu. The statement then said the text of the
screenshot had stated that people had to be careful of Uyanda as she had a
blesser in Dubai.
Press Ombud Johan Retief found that none of the
following statements in our article could be substantiated:
‘affidavit’ mentioned three unidentified women who also ‘ganged up on her,
using foul language’;
accused Mbuli, in Florence Essence, of gaining wealth from a blesser in
- Mbuli told the
police the insults continued on her cellphone; and
- Ramushu (while at
the beauty spa) threatened to spread the allegations on social media.
“I have no other reasonable explanation for this than
to believe that the journalist has made this up… But that is not all. Nowadays,
the media are bombarded with fake news, which is the deliberate intention to
mislead them – and sometimes they become the victim in this process for not
realising in time what has happened. In this case, though, the media became the
source of fake news – disinformation not received by, but created by the publication.
The seriousness of such an offence cannot be under-estimated, as such
‘reportage’ erodes the credibility of the media – which, really, is the
lifeblood of the industry. Without credibility, the media have nothing,” he
We apologise to Mbuli and our readers for the factual
inaccuracies and hereby retract the article.
Visit www.presscouncil.org.zafor the full finding.