Dear Mr Sole,
We are instructed to respond as follows to your email under reply:
1. It stands to reason, should it be correct that Ms Carim had previously mentioned these allegations to whomsoever, that it was simply not published or acted upon because of its origin and the lack of veracity of these allegations. Perhaps even more so if regard is had to the motive with which these “revelations” are made.
2. Responsible journalism requires of you to treat these false, and undoubtedly uncorroborated allegations in a similar light, especially where your motive in publishing allegations of this nature is similarly suspicious and where Ms Carim’s “approach” to you hardly appears to be coincidental. An “approach”, we hasten to add, to the very employees of the Mail & Guardian who are suspects in a criminal investigation relating to serious offences committed which directly affect Mr Maharaj.
3. Mr and Mrs Maharaj, accordingly, deny and reject these false allegations. We thank you for the opportunity to answer to this ad hoc trivialty.Kind regards,
“I’ve never met the woman [Shirene Carim], I never called her, I did not even know that she [Zarina Maharaj] had a sister. So I am not aware of it. This appears to be some family breakdown.”