Debora Patta says sorry

2012-08-08 12:16
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town - 3rd Degree host Debora Patta apologised on air in Tuesday night's broadcast for reporting incorrect facts.

Patta apologised on air for the "assertion of incorrect facts" in a July episode about Metrorail.

In the episode,'s weekly investigative magazine show stated as fact that a Metrorail victim had not received his money from a lawyer's firm – while in fact Metrorail had not yet paid the lawyer's firm the victim's money.

'Apologise for any embarrassment caused'

"In our 3rd Degree programme about Metrorail aired in the week of 9 July, we focused some of our attention on the plight of Bongani Mojafe whose leg had to be amputated after a Metrorail accident.

"In the programme 3rd Degree stated as fact certain allegations which were incorrect about the law firm Raphael Kurganoff Incorporated, the lawyers handling Bongani's case," said Patta.

"We stated that that the law firm had been paid by Metrorail and had not paid the money to Bongani. It had also been stated that the law firm had been in posession of the money since April.

"It has been brought to our attention that at the time of broadcasting that programme, the money from Bongani's case had not been paid to the lawyers by Metrorail, and that the money was only paid to them on Friday, 20 July."

Patta added: "3rd Degree takes this opportunity to apologise to the staff of Raphael Kurganoff for the assertion of incorrect facts. If we had ascertained these facts at the time, we could have presented the true position in relation to this matter. We regret the error and apologise for any embarrassment caused to the firm."


  • andile.s.mkhize.1 - 2012-08-08 12:40

    They should sue eTV for defermation of character. I for one watched that show about Metrorail but didn't get a chance to watch yesterday's show. Had I not have access to News24 I'd still be viewing The law firm as very bad and corrupt people. So it will take more than just a lousy apology from Deborah. Sue them for Millions, please

      trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-08-08 16:14

      Andile....seems you also want to get on the "gravy train"...for free hand outs

      herbert.plessis - 2012-08-08 16:25

      You should learn to spell.....

      salee.sithwell - 2012-08-08 16:59

      And of the firm is sued...will you have the opportunity to read the judgment or attend at court? eTV has apologised. Apology accepted!

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-08 17:17

      She did publicly apologise, that's enough. That's more than what most ANC officials have ever done!

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-08-09 06:14

      I agree that etv should be sued - there is no doubt the law firm's reputation was severely harmed, which leads to consequential damages such as loss of income from putative clients - the media should make sure they have the facts before making allegations - typical Patta. In this case, an apology is not enough; all it does is mitigate the damages they will have to pay...

      gungets.tuft - 2012-08-09 08:18

      If they are "personal injury" lawyers, AKA ambulance chasers, then it is hard to see how they will prove they have a reputation to damage. Be a hell of a blow to them if they DO sue and get awarded R5 because that is all their reputation is worth. Best they leave it alone. They have all this free publicity, it might just be as good as it gets for them.

      walter.tgsa - 2012-08-09 08:51

      I think you are watching too much DAYS OF OUR LIVES. While apologies in South Africa are pretty much meaningless (everybody apologises all the time, correct?), this is not the US of A where often pretty much baseless suing takes place all the time. Ms. Patta apologised, I am sure the incorrect reporting was not done on purpose!

      alf.pop - 2012-08-09 14:37

      Andile: Congratulations you qualify as anothyer surviving brain donor.

      deabreu - 2012-08-10 10:40

      A law firm is more important that an individual who lost his leg? 3rd degree should expose the real stories behind these law firms!

      pieter.joubert.9 - 2012-08-11 01:14

      It's about time Debora apologised, and not only for this. She should apologise for being such an embarrassment to journalism. She pretends to care for the common man, but she is in it for herself. She is a self-righteous cow, stirring and sensationalising to further her career.

  • Barefoot - 2012-08-08 12:45

    Self Regulation

  • phillipm.seopa - 2012-08-08 12:49

    There is always room for errors and No one is perfect we all make mistakes.

  • Brett - 2012-08-08 12:49 has been some time now that I take everything she says with a pinch of salt. She doesn't have the ability to really present a case being unbiased. She loves cutting people up on her show. I am surprised she has anybody that would still come on her show and defend a position. Once Patta has decided you are guilty, you might as well see yourself as sentenced by a court of law. That kind of arrogance doesn't work when you expect people to give your program any credibility.

      KingPro - 2012-08-08 13:01

      What's even more disconcerting is how she wins all these journalism awards and accolades... I think I'll do as you say and also take what she has to say with a pinch of salt.

      Brett - 2012-08-08 13:07

      Yes KingPro, that is indeed a joke! I would never give her an award. She strikes me as a very bitter woman trying to get back at the world for something someone else had done to her. She has no unbiased balanced presentation skills.

      sbmafuna - 2012-08-11 11:18

      I stopped watching her years ago.... as she was just an embarrassment. You're spot on.

      Brett - 2012-08-11 14:10

      @sbmafuna. Here is the problem with her. One immediately knows she has chosen a subject matter to purely satisfy her need to run people down. Every show is nothing else but "her" show to humiliate people. The most disgusting show I have ever seen was when she attacked the Department of Basic Education and consistently yelled to the representative in the rudest possible manner. She has no manners and is an absolute disgrace to South African television. Thank goodness we have other investigative programs like Carte Blance, Interface and Sunday Live with presenters with class and style and objectivity. She shames the whole population of this country because the manner in which she attacks people makes her look like a hooligan. Get this program off the air and save South Africa a whole lot embarrassment!

  • faannagel - 2012-08-08 12:54

    I saw Patta on that show and she was well agressive and one track minded as always without listening to the other party..sue them I say.!

      Stormkaap - 2012-08-08 15:36

      She is arrogant and full of herself. Stopped watching her show

  • UncleShep - 2012-08-08 12:58

    we all make mistakes....and the best of those who make mistakes are those who swallow their pride and apologize......

      pearson.botha - 2012-08-08 17:08

      Everything Deborah Pattah does on that show needs an apology. She is dreadful. I don't think it is possible that she studied or understands journalism. Her show is not "investigative", instead it more like a star chamber.

  • kgomotso.mphelo - 2012-08-08 13:17

    Is it still fact if it's incorrect

      salee.sithwell - 2012-08-08 17:03

      Yes - it's an incorrect fact :-/

  • songezo.fitshane - 2012-08-08 13:21

    The law firms reputation has been, without doubt, tarnished by the negligent reporting on part of ETV. A civil case should therefore be instituted against etv. Even if she retracts what she said, the damage has been done already.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-08-08 13:23

    Debora, here is a golden South African rule to follow. Never admit a mistake. Simply blame Verwoerd. Don't you ever learn?

      UncleShep - 2012-08-08 13:31


      1CRAZYONE - 2012-08-08 13:51

      Verwoed has 'big shoulders' and I doubt he gives a damn! lol

  • kevzee - 2012-08-08 13:27

    Debra should be taught a lesson once and for all...her "interviews" has been so one sided over the years and now a good firm's name gets dragged through the mud because of very poor investigative journalism...that firm should sue and Patta in her personal capacity...for too long has she used that program as her personal platform, turning it into some tabloid show to hunt for ratings

  • andrew.worrall.5 - 2012-08-08 13:43

    Never apologize. It's a sign of weakness-Jethro Gibbs, NCIS

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-10 08:41

      Jethro Gibbs, like Debora Patta is a fictional character...

  • dewalds3 - 2012-08-08 13:46

    DP is such a sad, bitter person. I do not watch her on TV. When you have to visit a morgue and when you leave, you feel like you should wash yourself - the same with her, something of that isolation and that bitterness sort of clings to me after seeing her.

      Brett - 2012-08-08 13:52

      You are right. She is a depressing character.

  • rgiko - 2012-08-08 13:50

    I am wondering why is it that men are so anti-Debora....

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-08-08 15:29

      They're scared of her !

      phillipm.seopa - 2012-08-08 16:22

      Because she is too forward just like Redi Tlhabi

  • solomon.matli - 2012-08-08 13:51

    @ least even as a woman she's Man enough 2 admit that she was wrong!. B4 U point a finger check yoself also. Why do U hate some1 who exposes corruption? Dont worry Debora, some of us still support yo good cause.

  • tim.hadebe.5 - 2012-08-08 13:53

    at last this deborra lady got it wrong. she always scr!@#% people during her interogatory program, now she must bend to be scr@$$##% too.

  • rgiko - 2012-08-08 13:53

    If she did'nt apologize, that would also have been something. I admire her for admitting her wrong,anyway,you cannot keep people form talking, poeple always have something to talk about.that's human.

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-08-08 16:21

      She had to make a public apology in order to avoid legal action!!!

  • danny.archer.589 - 2012-08-08 14:03

    Third Degree is a joke...and Debora their chief joker. They're always in the news for the wrong reasons. Stick to classy Carte Blanche.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-08 16:10

      And you are the chief idiot on this site. Congratulations you fool.

  • jackmoz - 2012-08-08 14:11

    I think that apologising is just excellent. What a pleasure that in today's time and place of screwed up 'ethics'that a media channel can apologise!! I applaud you eTV!!! Woohoo!!

  • louis.hager.12 - 2012-08-08 14:11

    No wonder it snowed...

  • thobejane.thabo - 2012-08-08 14:28

    atleast she admit and don't be personal that she was even kicked out of the royal marrige because she is just a translator

  • bmaestro - 2012-08-08 14:54

    get your facts right before uttterring rubbish and false stories on national t.v deborah

      enlightened.bowman - 2012-08-11 13:13

      How about stopping te ANC for blatantly lying first?

  • steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-08-08 16:17

    Thats because she NEVER EVER gives the other person a proper chance to respond, particularly if the response is going to expose her weak arguments.They also ask you to respond to any programme but they never acknowledge a response. Bring her ego down to size!!!!!

  • fred.koch.397 - 2012-08-08 16:47

    Apologising and asking for forgiveness for murdering someone does not make you less guilty of murder. Similarly apology for defaming someone does not exempt you from the damage caused to that person. An admission of guilt by way of apology may well lighten the punishment but in no way exonerates the culprit of culpability. All too often journalists defame innocent people because of poor preparation or misrepresentation of the facts with impunity; pleading “freedom of the press” as protection from their wrongful action and abusive use of the media. Conversely, irresponsible journalists encourage the proclamation of laws that seek to gag the press under the guise of protecting the rights of innocent people. Sadly the principle of unbiased, factual and comprehensive reporting has yet to triumph over the use of sensationalism, slander and half truths that drive the circulation based profit motives of our news services and the motives of those journalists who’s egos and remuneration are rewarded by their dramatisation of such distortions. I stopped watching 3rd Degree a long time ago because their standard of investigative journalism is not only an insult to my intelligence and lacking in credibility; their case studies just lack substance or conclusive, actionable evidence. Change channels and skip back when the movie starts is my advice.

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-08-08 17:20

      Proof in the pudding is how often the press has recently been forced to retract an incorrect/inaccurate report.

  • FirstSeed - 2012-08-08 16:49

    Unfortunately damage is already done

  • Kooskamo - 2012-08-08 17:21

    Debora Patta WHO????? I thought they got rid of her along time ago, she is such a self centered and biased presenter it is unbelievable!!! Her show has about the impact a pregnant hedgehog have on the world I stopped watching her along time ago!!!!

  • laurencepiper - 2012-08-08 17:48

    who is deborah patta?

  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-08-08 20:46

    Such good news to hear/see that for once this irritating arrogant woman has "come second". The program very often covers very important and interesting stories, but she is such an irritation. I can not think of anyone else who believes that the best way to conduct an interview is to do all the talking. She will ask questions but just keep blabbering away and not even hear, let alone take note, of a reply that she receives. Hope to read many more similar stories in future. Perhaps we might even one day be spared her annoying arrogance.

  • nina.ignjatov - 2012-08-08 21:30

    I do not like this women any way!!! Think she over does it!!!! Do not watch her

  • adri.noble - 2012-08-08 22:29

    Is she still on tv???????,this women is overrated, pass sell buy date, please replace her.

  • lala.kunene - 2012-08-09 05:21

    its not her fault and Im glad that she apologiesed. In the episode,'s weekly investigative magazine show stated as fact that a Metrorail victim had not received his money from a lawyer's firm – while in fact Metrorail had not yet paid the lawyer's firm the victim's money

  • vusi.sithole.359 - 2012-08-09 06:50

    She is too arrogant. The broadcast station is also pursuing neo liberal agenda

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-08-09 08:36

    To say sorry is a hard thing to do but she did it.None of us is without faults.We all make mistakes every day.

      SunblushStarfish - 2012-08-10 05:08

      Well said Alaina. Seems that none of these jack@$$es on here realise that until it is them in the hot seat.

  • rohin.jadin - 2012-08-09 10:36

    Kudos for accepting responsibility and apologising for it unlike some other government official who insist on passing the buck.

  • - 2012-08-09 10:37

    While a lot of people are slamming Debora Patta, I think the main crime is being missed here. Metro Rail hadn't paid the attorneys - seems that took longer than usual. An apology has been issued and the facts corrected - a strategy many people and organizations in our Country would do well to follow.If she avoided litigation, then it was a good move, wasn't it?

  • leonard.w.gray - 2012-08-09 11:18

    toilet journalism from etv again.

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-08-09 16:24

    You know, Debra will make a very good reporter if she stopped getting her knickers in a knot so often. Her style is full of unnecessary bravado to the point that she scares or intimidates her interviewees. She needs to take a deep breath once in a while. SA is a country full of problems and she needs to get the Messiah mentality off her system as she can't solve this country's problems all by herself

  • willie.duplessis.12 - 2012-08-09 16:27

    If every news item should be checked, re-checked end verified prior to publication, our news information would soon be read in monthly magazines. What on earth is the real big issue or transgression ?

  • joeballito - 2012-08-09 17:12

    Never liked this arrogant dislikeable perso anyway.Sue her!

  • dakey.ras.73 - 2012-08-09 22:56

    Trust me, this is far more than you get from most media outlets so WELL DONE ETV! Was it not a statement of fact a month ago that the EP Kings had accepted a R40 million agreement not to enter super 15 rugby? Did you see the apology? No I didn't either. Apparently you can't sue the media if they ignorantly reported incorrect facts. At best you can get a page 5 apology in small print.

  • SunblushStarfish - 2012-08-10 05:06

    Have I really been out of South Africa that long that it has turned into this? What an awful bunch of bickering people!! You don't need to worry about the world making war with you because you are so at each other's throats all they need to do is stand back and watch you tear each other to pieces. Seriously, wake up South Africans! And suing is NOT the answer to every situation. Turning into a bunch of dumb lemmings like the Americans. And you think apartheid, BEE, affirmative action tore the country apart ..... pfft. Reading these comments made me feel sick.

  • Nnamdi - 2012-08-10 07:57

    Here they go again,when a white just says i am sorry,it then means case should be closed.How convinient.When i was in SA,i use to follow Patter,s programmes but have flawed her on so many occasions for lack of indept investigative journalism.You dont go to air and start reporting things the way you would want them to to be reported.You have to do your research very well which i dont think Debra does most of the times.She has to be sued for her to learn her lessons.If this was done by a black journalist it will be termed halfbaked journalism.Debra is disgrace to journalists.

  • cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-08-10 09:10

    Andile, get over yourself. etv is not in the habit of just reporting and not checking their facts. There was obviously some slip up somewhere. People make mistakes but it was not lifethreatening for piet's sake.

  • konrad.rontgen - 2012-08-10 09:58

    debora went for the kill,and shot herself in the foot !!!!!!!

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-10 18:14

    It is really dissapointing of her to have done such, unlike her at all. They should pay.

  • biltong.eldest - 2012-08-10 18:36

    Lol show me a Law Firm with a good reputation!

  • nicolaas.walters - 2012-08-10 22:06

    She is well known for Arikaner bashing. Her biggest claim to fame was the destructioj of the three Reitz youngsters who's lives she totaly destroyed after more than two years after their folly. I hope eTV will finnaly get rid of this vile and vindictictive women

  • sbmafuna - 2012-08-11 11:22

    Patta says: "If we had ascertained these facts at the time, we could have presented the true position in relation to this matter". Me says, why not? Why didn't you ascertain the facts???? Did you check with the firm? Journalist you call yourself? Maybe we need to see some CHANGE here and some transformation.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-08-11 13:11

    For crying out loud. I don't always agree with Debora Patta's views, as a matter of fact, am mostly 1000 % in disagreeance with her. BUT, she is a great reporter, she does her homework and reports well. She made a mistake, or a mistake was made, either way, she apologised for it. Get this off the news and let's get on with it. After all, she does have he "b-lls" to expose whatever she feels is wrong. Is that not what it is all about?

  • katlegojones.malemela - 2012-08-12 21:30

    It takes a strong person to admit fault on their part, koodos Debora!! The least can be said by some governmental fat cats on the Limpopo books saga! Some1 needs to be dragged to 3rd Deg to be \roasted\ on such sheer incompetence!

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