Weekly Mail's 160-page representations were submitted to Botha in December to counter a threat by him to act against the newspaper in terms of Emergency regulations. In the three months since then, Botha has not responded to the submissions.
However this week he served a new letter on Weekly Mail. He pointed out that the Emergency media regulations had been amended since Weekly Mail made its representations.
He also asked Weekly Mail to take into account that he believed he was not required to decide that each individual article that offended him was a threat to public safety. Rather, he said, the accumulative effect of all the articles he listed should be considered.
The Weekly Mail is considering how to respond to Botha's letter.
This article originally appeared in the Weekly Mail.