Two incensed soccer referees are suing the South African Broadcasting
Corporation (SABC) for R2,5 million after they were allegedly ridiculed
on air, writes Ugen Vos in The Citizen.
The plaintiffs, Aldrin Ncobo and Luyanda Somi, are respected figures in the South African football fraternity. Between them they are claiming more than R2,5 million.
The Citizen can confirm that a summons has been served on the SABC.
Named as co-defendants are the head of the broadcasterÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s sports department, Sizwe Nzimande, and its sport director Mvuso Mbebe.
The plaintiffs argue that they allowed a defamatory Monday night show of MTN Soccer Zone to be broadcast around November 12 last year.
The show analysed the semifinal match of the Telkom Knock-Out Competition between Mamelodi Sundowns and Free State Stars, during which Ncobo acted as main referee and Somi as one of the assistant referees.
During the broadcast the showÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s presenters referred to Ncobo and Somi as ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œMoemishÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â of the week, a term that translates roughly as ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œidiotsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â.
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