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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.

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