THE Sunday Times has won a legal battle against the SABC in which the public broadcaster wanted documents leaked to the paper returned, writes Judy Lelliot in the Times.

The leaked report was the basis for a story published by the paper detailing corruption amounting to millions of rands.

The SABC took the newspaper to the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg over the article about former international programme acquisition manager Matilda Gaboo, who reportedly spent over R40-million on programmes that were never aired, among other wasteful expenditure.

Judge Nigel Willis said the SABC had no basis in law to have the report restored to it and ruled in favour of the Sunday Times, with costs.

"I do not see how the delivery by the Sunday Times of a copy of the report, at this stage, can protect the SABC’s interest in confidentiality," he said

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