City Press apologises to TV personality Boity Thulo for stating as fact in the headline that her house was on the market. It was also suggested that Thulo was experiencing financial trouble.
Press Ombudsman Johan Retief’s ruling is based on a complaint by Thulo after we published a story titled “‘Boity’s house’ is on the market” on September 11.
Thulo claimed our story falsely stated that her house was on the market and portrayed her as experiencing financial difficulties.
Retief said that while he believed it was reasonable for City Press to report, as an allegation, that Thulo’s house was on the market, the headline “clearly did not reasonably reflect the content of the article”. Retief dismissed Thulo’s complaints that disclosure of her address and the estate’s name placed her security at risk, saying “the exact address” was not mentioned and he also took into account that “Thulo herself had put her house on social media”. “Based on these considerations, I do not believe that this part of the complaint can succeed,” Retief said. He further dismissed Thulo’s claim that City Press did not contact either her or her manager for comment. He found that “the reporter did go out of her way to reach her”. For the full finding, visit presscouncil.org.za.