Jacaranda FM fined for defamation

2012-11-08 15:01
Johannesburg - Radio station Jacaranda FM has been fined R25 000 for defamatory comments after one of its presenters insinuated that a listener had criminal tendencies, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA) said on Thursday.

"The respondent station is fined R25 000, which amount plus VAT must be paid to the registrar of the commission on or before 30 November 2012," it said in a statement.

Francois Greeff complained to the commission after presenter Robbie Kruse made defamatory remarks about him on air on 14 September 2012.

Kruse had read an article about Greeff which had been published in the Beeld newspaper that day. According to the report, Greeff stabbed a Rhodesian Ridgeback dog when it attacked him and two of his small dogs in Pretoria.

Acting in self-defence

After reading the article, the Jacaranda FM presenter said: "Ek sal maar pasop vir daardie Francois Greeff as ek met my Beagle hond stap, hy sal sommer my Beagle met a mes steek." (I'll beware of that Francois Greef when I walk my Beagle dog, he'll just stab my Beagle with a knife).

"Mr Kruse made several other remarks, which created the impression that I am cruel towards animals and that I roam around the streets of Pretoria randomly attacking dogs," Greeff said in his complaint to the BCCSA.

"The tribunal held that remarks which were made by a radio presenter implied that the complainant is a person not to be trusted in the light of his having killed a dog," read the BCCSA statement.

The BCCSA said the newspaper report had made it clear that Greeff was acting in self-defence when he stabbed the dog, and that remarks made by the presenter amounted to defamation.

Comments

  • james.hunt.161214 - 2012-11-08 15:37

    Robbie? Flippit as dit Rian was sou ek nog verstaan maar Robbie - Shame! Mr. Greef dis darem 'n lae hou of hoe? Nou ja, daar is seker plek in die ou wereld vir almal - maar ek, ek skaar my by Jaca en Robbie - Sterkte!

  • cj.malan1 - 2012-11-08 15:41

    Stabbed him with what or does he always carry around weapons???

      marc.potgieter2 - 2012-11-08 16:32

      yah... he was carrying a knife around? while walking his dog... Makes you think.

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-11-08 15:52

    Nobody is mentioning that a little boy was walking his dog when this Mr Greef stabbed the dog... That poor kid!

  • Johnny - 2012-11-08 16:03

    Die vent is n misoes en glo dat hy die hond dood gesteek het sonder dat die hond hom wou byt. die hond was nie aggresief gewees teenoor hom nie Die greeff bli..em moet boet en hy moet hard grond toe kom. Dink omdat hy n prokureur is kan hy maak wat hy wil. Weet iemand waar werk die AH ?? hy moet goed gestraf word vir sy daad. Arme seun is sy hond wat sy oupa hom gegee het kwyt en dink net die hartseer waardeer hy gaan. Vrek Greeff. Jy moet ook geskors word as prokureur. Jou dag sal ook kerel. Hell is jou voorland.

  • Johnny - 2012-11-08 16:25

    People should not make use of the services of the firm he works at. Let everyone know please. Maybe he is a Attorney who works for the state. Then he's a DA

      The.whiz.777 - 2012-11-08 22:50

      Why not he knows how to get money..?

  • peter.strydom.37 - 2012-11-08 16:26

    I take it that Mr Greef will now be listening to 94.7, perhaps his sense of humor will be more fitting there:-)

  • michael.fegbeutel - 2012-11-08 17:00

    Jacaranda and Robbie - you have my sympathy. What kind of a person walks around with a knife any way?

  • Melecia Boonzaaier - 2012-11-08 17:20

    Unbelievable! Jacaranda and Robbie dont accept this lying down! A double injustice done by Greef, first he kills a childs dog and then he cannot handle criticism?? A big no!!!!

  • marcia.greune - 2012-11-08 17:33

    Whaha that is so funny.. Think Francios is trying to make a quick buck because it is a joke, they shouldnt have paid him anything

  • david.stopforth.5 - 2012-11-08 17:43

    Ou Grefie jy klink nie lekker nie of so iets regte Parra

      marcia.greune - 2012-11-08 18:03

      Lol

  • thapelomat - 2012-11-08 18:37

    Ayiii,lol.this Is funny

  • maryna.vanwyk.71 - 2012-11-08 19:27

    The dog is definately innocent! This is animal abuse!

  • The.whiz.777 - 2012-11-08 21:47

    Cheap skates should issue Summons in the High Court.

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