South African newspaper offers apology  to Joyce Banda and retraction

The South African Times newspaper which published an article about Malawi’s former president, Joyce Banda facing arrest in connection to Cashgate scandal has published an apology, a full retraction, and an acknowledgement that the story was baseless.

JB: South African Times sorrow at its mistake

JB: South African Times sorrow at its mistake

Banda had demanded an apology and retraction from the newspaper for publishing a story on December 9, 2014 that there was a warrant of arrest over her head due to her connection to ‘cashgate’.

The newspaper article which was authored by a Malawian freelancer Ulemu Teputepu titled, “Joyce Banda Fingered in ‘Cashgate’ scandal”, reported that a warrant had been issued for the arrest of Banda and that the Malawi government had released closed-circuit television footage of private meetings between Banda and cashgate suspect Oswald Lutepo to the police and Anti- Corruption Bureau.

The story had come after Malawi24 speculated  which the newspaper acknowledges the report was insupportable and improper.

The  South African newspaper, a reputable publication,  has said it “acknowledges that the article, which did not reflect Banda’s point of view, was incorrect, and apologises unconditionally.”

Reads the apology published in the newspaper of Wednesday January 7, 2015: “At the time of going to print yesterday, no warrant for the arrest of Banda had been affected, and the Anti corruption Bureau refused to say whether one existed.”

It also stated that Banda has dismissed the allegations out of hand, saying that, when she was President, no CCTV cameras had been installed at Malawi’s State House.

The paper said the unverified story should never have been published.

Banda’s lawyer Caroline Phatswane wrote the newspaper  to alert it of the  ‘false and irresponsible’ reporting.

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50 thoughts on “South African newspaper offers apology  to Joyce Banda and retraction”

  1. Eliam says:

    @mapyolo umafuna kuti mayi wa nzako(Busybrain) akhale ngati mayi J B? Umafuna kuti akhale chigewenga ngati JB wakoyo? That means Busy Brain’s mother is respectable lady. That’s why nkhani yawo sikumapezeka mma newspaper yokhuzana ndi cashgate( yonyansayo)

  2. Majidu Malenga says:

    Mmmm kwaliiii!!!!!!

  3. clement says:

    Am currently in SA and this article was in the Times newspaper 2days ago and I disagree.It seems Joyce herself force this apology.l don’t have time to waste with Hure but this one must be arrested once don Malawi no matter what.

  4. mwiithotho says:

    Nanga bwanji ukuthawa? Ifika nthawi, unjatidwa! What goes around, comes around. So they say

  5. Pastor says:

    Kodi how intelligent. Important. Strategic. Critical is this Kondwani Nankhumwa. He is in Fake video of JB/Lutepo, Bribing Journos. Now handing over R300 000. Kunyenga azimai. muthatu udyo. Dont think you are clever and all Malawians are daft sleepy.One day all this will be gone and you have to think of that day.

  6. Abdul says:

    If Joyce Banda who is worth nothing can take action against the irresponsible journalists. Do you think that Muslims will just sit and watch these journalists making a mockery of a great leader like Muhammad peace be upon him without being punished? No! No! No! learn from Charlie hebdo of france.

  7. Busy Brains says:

    Since the foolish judicial strike is over, let the game starts! Govt should now be serious hoping that Joyce Banda hasn’t bought some of these foolish dogs who were on strike. By the way, has the govt bowed down to their foolish demands?? Ndisave kuti mwawaonjezeratu malipiro ndiye sitigwirizana!! Inu a BOMA Tikuvanaaaa ????????????

    1. mampolyo says:

      @ Busy brains !!! i think unabadwa mopendeka and you are just proving that mulibe nzeru mwaiwe.
      pamenepa ,wati ukanganapo ndi ndani aku judicially akawonjedzela makobili ? what a waste of space !!! By the way kodi kuntundu kwanu konse kuli munthu angafanane ndi joyce banda ukumunenayo ? what u should have realised is that J.B has made history in this country unlike probably your mother amene anapanga mbiri yobereka iwe ali ndi zaka 10 kumudzi kwanu.Taona tsopano wandilankulitsa pambali iwe

      1. Wakulu Wapakati says:

        What kind of history mbuzi iwe you call yourself Mapyoyo .Kuba ndalama za anthu nkomakatakatira kunja ndi mwamuna wake ,you call that history to be proud of, mbuzi

  8. Busy Brains says:

    In Malawi history, Joyce Banda is the first losing president to be out his/her country for that quite a long time soon after the elections. Eeeeeehhh!! Mpakana miyezi yonseyi ali kunja? Kweni kweni apanga chiyani kunjako chopindulira Malawi? Nanga amuna awo ali kuti? Ngati ali okha kumeneko, amunawo akuti chiyani? My worry is that she might be engaged with somebody there. Paja sachedwa!!! Koma a Malawi osadanda, amati dzuwa linyenga, mdima usaka!!

  9. Asouth africa newspaper. Mukachite kumupepesa mai ahem on her

  10. Marioshona man says:

    JB you are wrong to beg for an apology. Long though
    It may take you will go in. Don’t think you are clever .This is new Malawi lead by Honourable Pro APM who spent 40 yrs working with civilised races which are fooling you now by praising you.

  11. America says:

    kkkkkkkkkk koma kwanu m’mene kumakomela muja wina ndkuonongako eti?? ine zingabvute zingatani dziko la malawi sindzapalamula mulandu oti ndthweko ayi

  12. Nenazako says:

    @Fathara, Leave JB alone. They have failed to implicate her, even trying to make a bogus CCTV FOOTAGE which never existed. She is a free person and can go anywhere she wants. She is not hiding.

  13. Mdima usaka and kwanu nkwanu kunja ndikwa azungu,you can fool some people sometimes but you cant fool all the people all the time -never!!!

  14. Fathara says:

    IWE ZIBA LIMENELO NDI FUSO? UKANDIFUSE KUTI INE NDI AMAYAKOWO AKUBAWO AKUZUZIKA NDANI?? MUNTHU WA MAYI NGATI WATHAWA KWAWO NDIKUMANGO YENDAYENDA NDI ZIKO SIKUZUZIKA KUMENEKO. INETU NDILI KWATHU KUNVA KUKOMA. IWE ZIBA UNGANDIWUZE KUTI JOYCE AKUKHALA PATI KUMENE ALIKO?? MWINA ALI KU MPHANGA NGATI MENE ANKAKHALILA SADAM MUJA KKKKKKKKKKK. JOYCE WAKUBA!!!!! JOYCE WAKUBA!!!!! USALILE WABAWEKHA!!!!! USALILE WABAWEKHA!!!!!!. KODITU AGWIDWA USAGANIZE KUTI WABISALA, INTERPOL NDIYIMENE ITAZAMU KHOKHOLOSE. USOVENGE!! SUBWENU.

  15. Ena anvekele tipanga Demo administration ya Munthalika sikuyendetsa bwino zachuma are these people serious?? Mmalo mokapanga Demo pa PP head office demanding Mayi Cashgate kuti abwere mwachangu kumene abisala,chifukwa ma Donors adula chithandizo chifukwa cha Cashgate
    Mbambadi Demo imeneyi mukapanga ndima immediate families anu ife takana

  16. Mzika ya Mw says:

    Winawe ukugona ndi njala komanso uli mbuu ngati mbewa ya Bwampini!!! Kasove mavuto ake kenako aBwampini wanuyo…leave our beloved mama alone!

  17. Wanex banda says:

    Mama cashgate

  18. atate says:

    Amayi ndi katswiri wokuda. She left mark to trace her of the thefty, ndimunthu wamkulu amenyo pankhani zimenezo

  19. Alungwana says:

    This life!

  20. Man Ifeyo says:

    The problem of getting stories from overzealous and unscrupulous journors,thats why they are involved in stealing money at the state house and misinforming the current presidents.shame on you teputepu,you have lost trust like virginity from your south african newspaper.

  21. Think Tank says:

    @ Zachisoni Phiri,what is your point? Still living centuries behind the rest of Malawians? Elections of 20 May have been confined to ancient history. It is in the hands of scholars. Your friends have accepted what is the plate. How it came in there is left to posterity. If you are still in election slumber,please wake up and face the economic turmoil your friends are facing in real world. Leave the dreamy land.

  22. Bwampini says:

    Only fools believe that Cashgate involves JB. As far as i know, DPP wud arrest her long time ago and cashgate cases would be in verdication phase BUT this govt is afraid to shoot itself bcz the gun faces the shooter.

    This govt wants JB to retreat so that cashgate cases should just end as Bakili Muluzis cases. Its just pity to ano ordinary person who knows nothing about malawian politicians.

    They took power just for revenge. Do u remembér that G.Gondwe resigned from active politics but after being arrested he reversed his decision.

    Do You know why former VP is never mentioned in cashgate nowadays? You cant see the reason of KK abandoning PP while elections were at hand?

    Do You smell the Wind of Judiciary and ACB strikes? Morons are always thinking about JB as deserve arrest.

    My foot if you think u gonna see justice of cashgate. Come on malawians

    1. Kanthu Ako!! says:

      How can you arrest someone who is not in the country?

      Joyce Banda left Malawi soon after the ellections and has not been back since. Do you remember MLAMBA, what did he do when he realised he was wanted for embezelment? He left the country, that is what thieves do.

      You are talking about G.Gondwe, he did not resign from active politics, politics is not a job. Did GGondwe leave the country? No, he was encouraged by some to pretend to go Noth to rumphi and cross to Zambia, he told them NO, and is still here.

  23. kagonanitu says:

    True, true dadaboma no.3 we dug our own grave and true need to lie in so that others can bury us. As a nation we don’t know which is wrong and which is right. Check the seven months and how JB changed this country from what she had in the reign of Bingu(RIP). Our country need to be reformed from these political issues so that the country can develop for the better. Not with serfish and greedy minority 36%.

  24. Malindima says:

    Zoona! Oipa amathawa ngakhale ndi mphepo yomwe!

  25. mwama says:

    Muvutika ndi amai munya.

  26. Wilfred Ephraim Ziba says:

    Fathara, i don’t even know if such name exist. pakati pa iwe ndi Amayi akuzunzika ndani

  27. opportunist says:

    Leave JB alone.

    1. Eliam says:

      We won’t leave her alone until she is arrested. Failing that we will try another plan. Understand?

  28. Zachisoni Phiri says:

    Kaya amangidwa or osamangidwa adaluza basi munthu wakubayu

  29. Karonga Boy says:

    Musove Kaye Mavuto Anu Kaye.

  30. Desire says:

    Fathera”GOAT OF THE DECADE”. Why not just stay quiet if you dont know anything? Shallow minded maggot!

  31. Google says:

    Newspaper imene imalemba nkhani imeneyi munali ndwiiiiiii lero chifukwa yepepetsa, mwati mulembe atumbuka apa nyasatimes makape eni

  32. matin khamani says:

    we need justice

  33. Yankees says:

    Ndiye Masten amenewo, muvutika kuwasaka mmalo mothana ndimavuto ali mdziko mwanu, mngakhale munthu pali mgwilizano pakati pa A Police amatha kupanga Int’ W’O’Arest ndipo ngati masten ndiolakwa akhoza kuwamanga, zikuonetselatu kuti masten alibe chimo, ukukanika bwanji kuonjezela malipiro anthu amene adakuika pa mpando? ”court” so that akumangile amayiwo? Muchedwa naye mzimayiyu malawi anthu akumuonela pa mtimakuti kodi akupumabe kapena wasiya kupuma? Unya k! Masten dzidyani money kumeneko akamagwa angadzakunamizileni mudzabwele akagwa kunoko, kuno zinthu sizilibwino ayi! Kkkkk!?

  34. Nana Chione says:

    Fathera don’t you know what the former president is doing out side the country please google and you will find the answer. Before commenting find the real information of the story.

  35. Chrispine Salanje says:

    apology after apology to Dr Joyce Banda,next to apologise is Lutepo,Nankhumwa

  36. Mucracker_2 says:

    Its good to correct such mis-reporting. It was in fact President Peter who was castigated by commentators in that report yet wakubayo ndi wina.

  37. dadaboma says:

    Ulemu Teputepu received 30,000 South African Rands from DPP through Kondwani Nankhumwa, Malawi Minister of Information, who in the first place fabricated the CCTV story linking Dr Joyce Banda to the cashgate through Lutepo. Ulemu was working as a mercenary for DPP to smear our former president with the cashgate mud. The truth is that cashgate was initiated by DPP under Bingu and it continued being practiced secretly by DPP operatives with links to the technical sections of the civil service. When Dr JB became aware of the syndicate, she busted it forthright and instituted an immediate forensic audit which was conducted by the british firm Baker Tilly. In 2010 the former RB governor Perks Ligoya wrote a memo to Bingu informing him of massive looting of govt money (dubbed cashgate), but Bingu simply said “ndamva” or “I’ve taken note”. Being the founder of the cashgate, Bingu, of course, did nothing to stop the malpractice. Dr JB took a decisive, nation-saving action, but it was not without risk to her political career; she said “I don’t care if I become unpopular with this decision, but I have to do it to save Malawi. I know andipakapaka koma ndiyenera kutetedza dziko ku umbava”. Dr JB is a wise woman. She is far beyond the average Malawian, and certainly far beyond APM. In voting for APM, and not JB, Malawi has dug a grave for itself, and it has to lie in it.

    1. bwampini says:

      Mmmh munaluza ….palibe za grave spa. …..imaginary issues. ..Malawi moves on she wasn’t even 2nd…..bracket this

    2. Google says:

      Abwere kuno kwawo ku malawi why akuthawa?
      Useles woman.

    3. Martin says:

      You are 100% right, the architect of cash gate were/are the late Bingu,Apm, and a whole lot sons of bitches who back in the government now. Cash-gaters in JB’s administration were those originated from Dpp they just carried -on doing what they were doing before the lady came into power. The only mistake that the lady did, which many Malawian leaders always do, was to keep on working with those crooks from dpp regime instead of bringing new blood into the system. Obviously, that’s what made her lose the elections a couple of months ago, because most of those who were working with her in PP were fruits of Dpp,beneficiallies of corrupt dpp, therefore, underground they were still sympathisers of dpp and still working for it. The root of the problems we are facing today is the previous dpp before JB took over and many times I wonder how could Malawians be so stupid and dull to understand that,or is it that, they are politic-blind and absorbed and can’t see the truth,honesty,reality, but just support a thing because they feel belonging to it.

  38. My foot!!!!!!!!!!!What sort of reporters do we ve? Are they really following their work ethics or they are only after getting bread and butter for their tables? My God,shame on you the so called reporters.

  39. Fathara says:

    KOMA AKUKUNAMIZILA KUTI UNABA?? NGATI AKUNAMA IWEYO OSAMABWELA BWANJI KUNO?? JOYCE UKUZUZIKA KWAMBILI CHIFUKWA CHA UMBAVA WAKO. NDIPO NZIMAYI WAKUBA NGATI IWE SINDINAMUWONE. ANZAKO SAMATHAWA AMAKHALA NDIKUWONA KUTI ZIKHALA BWANJI. KOMA UKUCHITA KUZIWONESELA KUTI UNABA. PANO UKUNGOYENDA NDI ZIKO UKUZUZIKA KWAMBILI. MIZIMU YA ANTHU OVUTIKA IKUKUDANDAULA. PANO WATANGANIDWA KUKONZA ZIWEMBU ZOGWESA ZIKO ZONSEZO TIKUZIWA, NDIPO MULUNGU AKUWONA.

    1. mwad0 says:

      J b ndiwosalakwa wolakwa ndinu omwe munavotera apm

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