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22 Feb 2013 19:07
Moeletsi Mbeki. (Lucky Nxumalo, Gallo)
In a letter sent from his lawyers on Friday, Mbeki claimed that two articles written by senior Mail & Guardian politics reporter Mmamaledi Mataboge contained content that was "wrongful and defamatory".
Mbeki also intended to lay a charge against Mataboge and M&G editor-in-chief Nic Dawes at the press ombudsman because he "has been damaged in his reputation and has suffered damages".
"We are surprised and disappointed by Mr Mbeki's approach to this matter and will of course resist his absurd claim," said Dawes on Friday night.
Mbeki claimed that Mataboge's “Surveys sparks feud at Mbeki forum”, published in the M&G on January 25, and “War of words follows Mbeki spat”, published on February 1, contained defamatory statements.
According to the letter the first story contained the following defaming remarks:
In "War of Words follows Mbeki spat", Mbeki said the statements "the research report showed that shop floor officials did not support the re-election of Jacob Zuma as party president" and "Mashele was suspended because he threatened to publicise the findings of the report" were defamatory.
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