Business Day editor Songezo Zibi has confirmed that South African Airways has served the publication with a court interdict ordering them not to publish an article claiming that the national carrier was technically insolvent.
The story has been removed online but was taken to print, and Zibi said it is of enormous public interest as it affects South Africa's credit rating status.
SAA claims that the memo referred to in our story is privileged, despite it being an internal memo. Previous cases have shown that the privilege does not apply in this instance.— Songezo Zibi, Business Day editor
Zibi said online news organisations Moneyweb and News24 had also been served with an interim court order.
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#SAA are not saying our story is inaccurate. They're just arguing that the public should not know what is really going on there.— Songezo Zibi (@SongezoZibi) November 24, 2015
Now we can guess why the previous SAA ceo Thuli Mpshe was removed last week. She signed off on memo that SAA don't want you to see— Carol Paton (@politicsblahbla) November 24, 2015
#SAA The order was emailed at 1.47am, too late for us to cancel the print run as that takes place at 9.30pm.— Songezo Zibi (@SongezoZibi) November 24, 2015