Gomgatte complaint dismissed

2012-06-21 15:42
Johannesburg - A defamation complaint against radio station Jacaranda 94.2FM has been dismissed, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA) said on Thursday.

Complainants W Botha and Hoërskool Alberton contended that a Jacaranda presenter had, during a broadcast, referred to a school rugby team from Alberton as "gomgatte".

This amounted to calling them country bumpkins, or louts.

Their complaint was dismissed by the commission's tribunal, which found the comment was not defamatory.

Presenter Rian van Heerden had commented on the head-butting of a referee by a player after a rugby match between Hoërskool Hans Strijdom and Hoërskool Alberton.

'Honest expression'

"Rian commented that he did not expect such action from a player from Hans Strijdom, but rather from a player from Alberton," the complaint read.

Later in the programme he said: "Net gomgatte stamp met die kop" (only louts practice head-butting). Tribunal chairman Kobus van Rooyen found that the statements did not defame Alberton schoolboys.

Instead, they had the effect of debunking the stereotype, as the player responsible was from outside the Alberton area.

"The commentator’s comments were an honest expression of opinion and were firmly tongue-in-cheek," the tribunal found.

"Any reasonable listener would have comprehended this."


  • thomas.more.946179 - 2012-06-21 16:03

    Rian van Heerden sucks, Darren Scott was such a good presenter. Due to Rian on air on Jacaranda I switch now and listen to other radio stations. His comments are unasked for and he thinks he is better than other people. I stay in a wealthy neighbourhood but it annoys me when someone like him on air will say something bad because of where someone stay. I haven't heard his comment about Alberton but the previous ones annoyed me. Get a life Rian and don't throw stones even you that stay in a house which is made of glass!!!!

  • desiree.devilliers.5 - 2012-06-21 16:44

    I find Rian to be a great addition to the Jacaranda team. He has a great sense of humour - it's just a pity some listeners won't give him a chance, because of what happened to Darren. Rian wasn't responsible for what happened to Darren; he was but a mere replacement. But some listeners OBVIOUSLY can't comprehend that bit... All the "gomgatte", maybe? =P

      thomas.more.946179 - 2012-06-23 02:39

      Desiree I think you missed the point here, it is not about Rian replacing Darren, Darren was an exceptional presenter, he made one mistake and was punished for that because it was "racist". Rian keeps on making these comments towards people that is labelling them because of where they stay. All people are equal and it is unasked for to label people because of their upbringing and where they stay. I often work in the "poorer" areas and believe me this is people with pride and dignity. Don't you think all people need to be treated with dignity irrespective of where they stay and not to be labelled because of a perception we have of areas people stay in. Doing this on air like Rian is unasked for. BTW, I am not labelling you as a "gomgat" because I am not agreeing with you, I respect your view and just give you my opinion. =P

  • boltonbarry - 2012-06-21 16:45

    NO he's still ok. Martin Bester really sucks.

      pat.schutte1 - 2012-06-21 21:32

      @ Barry. Martin Bester is probably one of the BEST DJ's on radio 2day. Ask ANY listener thats tuned 2 Jacaranda during the Drive time show. between 4 and 7pm weekdays.

  • faannagel - 2012-06-21 16:53

    @boltonbarry,where do you come from? stick with the topic noron..

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-06-21 16:55

    This is one of the downsides to Democracy, there are too many forums and options open to those who wish to complain. All the thin skinned sensitive souls come crawling out the woodwork feeling insulted. The above complaint is just laughable!

  • henniedotvanstaden - 2012-06-21 17:14

    I agree with yhe finding but Rian stays a gomgat in my eyes, I don't like him and his comments is only what you expect of a Gomgat.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-21 18:16

    at last we can use the word gomgat to describe South African scum.

      Fanie Gerber - 2013-04-12 12:05

      Problem is Steward - I only ever heard the term used by people who can be described by the term. Thus calling someone a gomgat is akin to calling them a rockspider sout... and so on - it reflects badly on the person using it - makes me question their IQ, inbreeding level - you get the picture.

  • anthony.m.arthur - 2012-06-21 19:42

    Give Rian a Bells. We South Africans need to start learning to laugh again. Your show beats all others hands down especially Highveld.

  • Deon Maritz - 2012-06-21 19:54

    Oi! Imagine we bottle this passion and dedicate 100 minutes to a worthy cause! I recon for every 1 anti-Rian comment, you will find 100 pro! Hey, let's get Rian to explain what a go gat is!

  • smith.cyber - 2012-06-21 21:00

    As die skoen pas...

  • bryan.torien - 2012-11-08 15:36

    "Net gomgatte stamp met die kop"??? Loop se dit vir Bakkies in sy gevriet!

  • Fanie Gerber - 2013-04-12 12:02

    By making use of that derogatory term he reduced himself to that level

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