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Johannesburg - The Gupta family is suing the Mail & Guardian and Sunday Times for R500 million, claiming the newspapers defamed them.
The suit comes in response to reports about an alleged meeting at the Gupta home between an SAA executive and an adviser to the public enterprises minister.
Earlier this year, the Sunday Times ran an exposé which alleged that Rajesh Gupta had tried to “bribe” a senior official at SAA and the M&G later published an article with the headline “R10bn contract behind the dogfight at national carrier.”
Rajesh Gupta, acting on behalf of the Gupta family, claims the articles were intended to portray the family as dishonest.
According to reports, experts said an award of R500m for general damages would be “unprecedented and inconceivably high”. - IOL