Publication: Sunday Times
Reporter: Shanthini Naidoo
Zuma Sues for R6m for ‘Stupid, Dishonest’ Slur
Zuma is suing the Sunday Times for R6-million after columnist David Bullard
called him “stupid” and “dishonest” in print.
Zuma’s lawyers sent the
newspaper letters of demand last year for damages arising from two of Bullard’s
Out to Lunch columns, and this week served summons.
“Stupidity a mitigating circumstance for Zuma”, published on April 16 2006, and
“Visit the Zuma website to see what was meant” (May 7 2006), are behind the
Zuma wants R3-million for defamation and “impairment of his
dignity” for each column .
The columns dealt with Zuma’s rape trial last
year, in which he was acquitted. Zuma claims he was unfairly accused of being
“dishonest” and in favour of the abuse of women.
Bullard wrote that Zuma
could offer stupidity in mitigation of his alleged crime . He said that, due to
Zuma’s “lack of education and rural background”, it would not surprise people if
they were to hear that he had “rubbed his entire body with the fat of a recently
slaughtered Nguni bull as protection against sexual disease, bullets, legal
action and adverse media comment”.
The summons says this made Zuma
appear “unintelligent, slow-witted or foolish”. The Sunday Times is defending
With acknowledgements to Shanthini Naidoo and