ANC president Jacob Zuma is claiming R5million from Rapport for defamation and injuria, his spokesman, Liesl Gottert, said yesterday.
This latest claim comes just a day after Zuma reached a R50000 out-of-court settlement with the same newspaper for a previous defamation and injuria claim.
Gottert said the latest claim was because of a "degrading and defamatory heading above a photo with a caption that was printed in the publication on December 30 last year".
"A heading that reads "Piekniek met Dingaan" (Picnic with Dingaan) was printed above a photo of Zuma, in the company of Leon Schuster and Steve Hofmeyr.
"The caption indicates that Zuma was enjoying a braai with various well-known Afrikaners," said Gottert.
Zuma said yesterday: "Freedom of speech is one of the cornerstones in our democracy. As an ordinary South African I have the right to take someone to task if I believe his comment about me was unfair and unbalanced."
Rapport editor Tim du Plessis confirmed the paper had received a new lawyer's letter from Zuma.
He said the letter had been referred to the newspaper's lawyers.
An initial assessment of the claim was that it was "without merit and would be fully defended", said Du Plessis.
On Wednesday, Rapport had said it was satisfied to have reached an out-of-court settlement with Zuma over a previous claim.
The claim related to a reader's letter published in Rapport on April 2 2006 while Zuma's rape trial was under way in the Johannesburg high court.
Du Plessis said on Wednesday the letter had contained one "defamatory sentence".
He said the paper had made a retraction and published an apology about it in October that year.
In 2006, Zuma lodged defamation claims against the media to the sum of R63million.
He is suing media owners, publishers, editors, reporters, cartoonists and newspapers.
Broadcaster 94.7 Highveld Stereo was to be sued for R7million for broadcasting a song called My name is Zuma, commenting on the Zuma rape trial.
It was played by Darren "Whackhead" Simpson, a member of the radio station's Rude Awakening (RAW) team.
His biggest claim of R20million is against the Star.
This claim consists of four different claims of R5million each, three of which are against award-winning cartoonist Zapiro
The fourth is for an article that was accompanied by a manipulated photograph of Zuma.
The Sunday Times, the Citizen, Sunday Sun, Sunday Independent and Sunday World are all being sued. - Sapa