Themba Langa re­sponds....

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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

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