A small victory for press freedom: the High Court rejects singer Jurie Els’ application to have Huisgenoot editor Esmare Weideman jailed for contempt of court. Els last year obtained an interdict against Huisgenoot preventing the magazine from identifying him as the person accused of sexual assault on another singer, Robbie Klay. Huisgenoot published Klay’s account, but blacked out all references to Els. In her editorial, however, Weideman revealed that Els had obtained an interdict against the magazine, enabling her readers to put two and two together. This, Els, argued, amounted to contempt in the face of the interdict.
Not so, said Mr Justice Daniel Dlodlo in the Cape the High Court. Els had not provided evidence that Weideman had the intention circumvent the interdict.