Press Ombud finds News 24 in breach of the Press Code of Ethics

The Chairperson of the South African Press Appeals Panel, Judge Bernard Ngoepe has dismissed an application for leave to appeal by News 24 which had been found in breach of the Press Code of Ethics by publishing a misleading article that the department of Human Settlements and Minister Sisulu had spent R10-million on flowers and gifts.

In its judgment delivered on 13 October 2017 the Press Ombud found that News 24 was in breach of the Press Code which states that “The media shall take care to report news truthfully, accurately and fairly” and: “Headlines … shall give a reasonable reflection of the contents of the report … in question.”

“I am happy that this matter has been concluded. It was disheartening to be portrayed in the media as irresponsible someone who could spend such a lot of money on gifts and flowers while our indigent are still waiting for a decent shelter over their heads”, said Sisulu.

During the 2013/2014 Govan Mbeki Awards the Department of Human Settlements introduced a special award for the best performing institutions in the sector. These institutions included spheres of government and developing contractors. These awards were cash amounts given to winners to be used for human settlements development.

The annual Govan Mbeki Awards are aimed at encouraging and re-enforcing a culture of excellence within the housing sector in the delivery of integrated human settlements.

This year’s Govan Mbeki Awards saw Kwa-Zulu Natal being crowned as the Best Performing Province for a fourth time in a row.

For more information contact: Ndivhuwo Mabaya 083 645 7838


Issued by the Ministry of Human Settlements




Press Release Date: 
Monday, November 27, 2017