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Cape Town lawyer Christine Qunta yesterday welcomed Sunday Times' retraction of defamatory statements made by the newspaper against her, saying the apology was proof that the principle of media accountability was being upheld.
Also welcoming an apology and retraction from Sunday Times was author Ronald Suresh Roberts, who said the conduct of the newspaper had been "shameful".
Qunta's lawyer, Athol Gordon, said: "My client is pleased that the principle of media accountability has been upheld in this instance, following her approach to the Ombudsman.
"The apology highlights, in her opinion, the ongoing crisis of internal controls and professional standards in sections of the media as well as the ability of political parties and lobby groups to exploit these weaknesses with malicious intent."
In its September 30 edition Sunday Times published a profile on Qunta headlined "So how dangerous is the Queen of Racial Politics?" where it cited her as one of the 12 signatories to a petition supporting President Thabo Mbeki in the HIV-Aids denial debate.
The article also suggested that the SABC deputy chairman came to Mbeki's defence when he accused leading ANC figures of plotting to topple him.
Qunta, who has recently been under attack from certain quarters for her involvement in a company of which one of the directors is accused of selling untested herbs purported to cure HIV-Aids, then responded by lodging a complaint with the Ombudsmen, charging that the article was false and defamatory.
"The article is in fact not a profile but an attempt to influence public opinion against me through innuendo, half truths and outright lies," she said in her complaint to the Ombudsman.
Qunta's action resulted in Sunday Times publishing an apology in its October 7 edition, retracting the defamatory statements. - Sapa