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Zille trashes Cape Times for flouting ruling on fake 'spy' story

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is adamant that the Cape Times remains in violation of an Appeals Panel ruling against the publication.

The Cape Times was ordered to run a front page apology to Zille after it ran a story about the Premier hiring a spy.

Part of the Press Council Appeals Panel ruling was that the newspaper publish Zille's right of reply in the same edition, which she says it failed to do.

Zille says the publication manufactured a story, attributed to an unnamed source, that she had hired a spy to keep tabs on her opponents.

I have never once hired anyone to do surveillance of other people... They invented a story, ran it for eight months and then did not apply the ruling of the Press Appeals Board.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

She says that her right of reply was limited to a short length and then edited, which is in contradiction to the ruling by appeals board.

If the Press Appeals Board gives me the right of reply, then the Cape Times has to allow my version and right of apply to go into the newspaper. Not an amended version.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

Zille's office has submitted a formal complaint to the Chairperson of the Press Council of South Africa, and she says that their rulings must be upheld for the self-regulatory nature of media to maintain its integrity.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

The editor of the Cape Times could not be reached and Press Ombudsman Joe Thloloe cannot comment on the matter at this stage.

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