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Justice delayed is justice denied

by ZwemZa on June 26th, 2016

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It’s now been three years since the Olympic Committee of South Africa, SASCOC sued me in my personal capacity for defamation for R21.1 million (yes, R21.1 million) to bully, silence & suppress the truth.

And we are no closer to going to court.

There has been no word from SASCOC since last October to move the case forward.

They hired top media lawyer, Dario Milo to represent them. Milo represents a number of the big media houses including Naspers (who also own News24, which I was writing for at the time of being sued).

Conflict of interests?

No wonder News24 weren’t interested in helping me defend the claim.

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If I had my way, we would have been in court in 2013 and these corrupt officials would have been exposed for the betterment of SA sport but instead the case been hanging over my head for the last three years.

During the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, I received abusive and threatening messages from the twitter account of the Department of Sport and Recreation headed up by Sports Minister, Fikile Mbalula.

SASCOC’s ‘in bed’ media partner, Highbury Safika Media (HSM) created an anonymous website in 2014, hosted on a server in Panama to defame & discredit me.

But I kept on fighting for what is right, for the athletes who have no voice and who are silenced by draconian codes of conduct.

Sadly, what I started investigating and exposing four years ago is now starting to show its ugly head.

SA sport is rotten to the core and results will become more and more secondary as long as the systemic corruption, nepotism and political interference continues.

Corporate SA and media have been suckered into this deeply rooted cancer and the fans are paying for it.

The arrogant likes of Mbalula, SASCOC & HSM may think they’re bigger than SA sport but the wheel will turn.

The legal score is going to be returned with interest soon and those who forced me to flee the country last April will also be revealed.

It has been a very tough, lonely road but I have no regrets for doing what a journalist is supposed to do and that’s to tell it like it is!

Graeme Joffe

  • Graeme Joffe is a former CNN International and 94.7 sportscaster who investigates corruption in South African sport. He fled his homeland after being warned that his life was in danger.

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