Johannesburg - Talk Radio 702 and 94.7 Highveld Stereo have each been fined R25 000 for defamation, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA) said on Friday.
The fine followed a complaint by Silvanus Naicker about a story aired in May on the kidnapping and murder of Johannesburg student Leigh Matthews.
The BCCSA said the stations were found guilty of implicating Naicker in the murder “on meagre facts available”.
“We do not think that the broadcasters acted with the intention of defaming the complainant,” the commission said.
“But in South African law, negligence is sufficient for a finding of defamation by the media. In the result, we hold that the Broadcasting Code has been contravened.”