Ombudsman dismisses Black Coffee's claims against DRUM and Sunday World
DJ Black Coffee's efforts to get DRUM and Sunday World to retract a story they wrote about him, has failed. The DJ was featured in the two publications for two different stories and laid complaints to the press ombudsman – both complaints have been dismissed.
In May, DRUM published an article headlined Coffee gets more sugar? Months after alleged affair, a trail of messages and a recording indicated DJ Black Coffee had "strayed again".
Black Coffee complained that, among other things, the story infringed on his right to privacy and dignity, and inaccurately and unfairly tainted him as an adulterer who used people for sex. He also claimed that DRUM used one source for the story, which the mag denied.
The DJ also complained about a headline, which appeared in Sunday World in June. It read: "Love on the rocks – Black Coffee fights to save unhappy home". He complained that the story story falsely and misleadingly stated that he was an adulterer, that his marriage was on the rocks and that he was an irresponsible husband.
Defending the paper, Sunday World editor Abdul Milazi stated that article’s objective was to report on the fact that Black Coffee and his wife were attending marriage counseling. He further stated that the front-page headline merely stated that their relationship was in trouble and that the reporter gave both Black Coffee and his wife a right of reply, which they turned down.