African Content Movement leader Hlaudi Motsoeneng might be gearing up for war with media executive Mathatha Tsedu over what he considers defamatory publications against him. He is taking the fight to Tsedu using his lawyers.
Hlaudi Motsoeneng, a former SABC chief operations officer, had through his lawyers Buang Jones of Buang Jones Attorneysaccused Tsedu of publishing defamatory materials in the Sunday World.
Part of the letter addressed to Tsedu reads: “During or around 15 October 2023, you published in the Sunday Times an opinion piece titled ‘We had to break the rules to keep the SABC alive’, which post contained various scathing, unlawful, wrongful and defamatory material relating to our client.”
Beyond that, Jones also pointed out that Tsedu had repeated the same defamatory statement during a sit-down with NewzRoom Afrika anchor Xoli Mngambi. Continuing, Jones pointed out that Tsedu’s remarks were false and malicious and intended to cause to to the reputation of the ACM leader.
Those remarks, he noted, would have a negative effect on his client’s presidential ambitions next year. He even pointed out how Tsedu had made no attempt to mitigate the remarks he made against the ACM leader.
Jones is demanding a written apology from Tsedu, pointing out that failure to do so will lead to legal action.