oa De Jure - 2011 4 SA 191 (CC) : recent case law

Volume 44, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2225-7160



Over a period of some seven weeks in 2003, the Citizen newspaper published a series of articles and editorials dealing with the candidacy of Robert McBride as chief of the Ekurhuleni metro police. Two initial articles, largely factual in nature, informed readers of McBride's candidacy for the post as chief of police. It related McBride's infamous conviction of murder for the 1986 bombing of the and on the Durban beachfront in which three women were killed and sixty-nine other people injured. It also recounted McBride's 1998 arrest and detention in Mozambique on suspicion of gun-running. The initial articles mentioned that McBride was sentenced to death for the 1986 bombing, that the sentence was later commuted and that he was ultimately granted amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (parr 8 - 9).

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