The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield played a clip in which columnist Max du Preez tells The Midday Report’s Stephen Grootes why he ignored the court order to keep an internal memo documenting South African Airways' (SAA) alleged insolvency under wraps.
SAA’s lawyers forced Du Preez to remove social media posts in which he shared the link to the memo.
Du Preez called SAA “a bunch of bullies” after it served numerous media organisations with interim court orders to stop them from publishing the memo.
He says publishing the memo is in the public interest.
Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.
I didn’t think the order applied to me. I also think it’s overwhelmingly in the public interest to know the contents of the memo.— Max du Preez
Well over 2000 people shared the social media posts and I was phoned by the lawyers to remove my tweets and Facebook posts, or face an urgent court order.— Max du Preez
I achieved what I wanted to.— Max du Preez
SAA has just forced me to delete tweets & FB posts with links to the secret memo warning about its reckless trading - after shared by 1000s— Max du Preez (@MaxduPreez) November 26, 2015
Hehehe. The sharing of the (now several) links to the 'secret' SAA document hugely increased since they forced me to take tweets down— Max du Preez (@MaxduPreez) November 26, 2015