Themba Langa responds....
For a long time City Press and its sister publications have in different mediums repeatedly and continuously targeted the current acting chief executive of Transnet, Siyabonga Gama, in a series of inaccurate articles intended to tarnish his reputation.
Transnet and Mr Gama have on several occasions unsuccessfully engaged City Press in this matter and eventually there was no option but to seek the intervention of the courts.
City Press has on various occasions attempted to reinterpret the circumstances around which Mr Gama left Transnet in 2010 and his eventual reinstatement.
We wish to set the record straight. Mr Gama is a dedicated and highly qualified professional who, after leaving a successful banking and finance career, has dedicated his entire career to the civil service, culminating in him ascending to the executive committee of Transnet. The facts are as follows:
Mr Gama has never been charged by the NPA and there is no pending investigation against Mr Gama by any law enforcement agency. Contrary to the false allegations that City Press wanted to publish, the NPA has confirmed in writing, which was submitted to the court, that there is no evidence that links Mr Gama to any acts of criminality. The NPA further said there is no basis for the closed and finalised investigation to be reviewed.
We hereby confirm that Mr Gama is not under any investigation and neither is he suspected or charged of any wrongdoing. The Transnet Board has satisfied itself that Mr Gama has not committed any wrongdoing.
Mr Gama was forced to approach the court as he couldn’t watch and allow City Press to publish falsehoods and fabrications in the name of public interest. It is regrettable that we had to resort to measures such as court proceedings for us to get fair reporting from City Press and its sister publications.
City Press was attempting to publish a patently false and misleading article with the intention of defaming and casting aspersions on Mr Gama and his good name.
Langa is Gama’s legal representative