Re: Article styled “Suspended LRA Managers fight back” in your issue of 22nd — 28th March 2018 Vol 10 issue 51
The above mentioned matter refers. I have noted with concern from the last sentence of the above mentioned article that you intend to publish details of LERASU’S report in your next publication. In as much as I do not know which report you are referring to, I just wish to indicate that all the allegations that I have seen from LERASU are defamatory and lack substance as far as I am concerned.
While it is not my intention to interfere with your business or to dictate as to what you should or should not publish, please be advised that should your newspaper publish anything defamatory concerning or about me, I will definitely take action against the newspaper. I am sure you know that it is not legally permissible to recycle or reproduce defamatory material.
I regret to advise that I will not even be able to comment on those allegations should the newspaper ask for my comment as it normally does.
This is in view of the fact that I am still an LRA employee as a result of which I am not free to talk to media. I am not even sure that I will get permission from my employer to do so. In addition, I have already asked the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences as per the attached letter to probe the allegations against me.
however, should you still want to publicise the details of LERASU’S report, it will be advisable for you to first establish the veracity of the allegations that are being levelled against me.
I am hoping for a positive consideration of this letter to avoid unnecessarily disputes.
Yours faithfully Realeboha Mathaba (Adv.) Editor’s response: Dear Adv Mathaba. Thank you for your letter and we take note of your views on the subject. We had already taken a decision not to publish the LERASU document verbatim after we received legal advice not to do so at this juncture.