Patrice Motsepe has revealed plans to sue a Botswana newspaper after they claimed he smuggled R22 million to influence the nations politics. Meanwhile, the newspaper says they have yet to recieve any lawsuit from the billionaire, but will be treating it like any other when it does arrive.
Businessman Patrice Motsepe has filed a lawsuit against Sunday Standard, a Botswana newspaper, over claims he had attempted to influence the country's politics.
According to IOL, Motsepe is demanding R6.7 million in damages for injury to his reputation.
The paper had claimed that the Mamelodi Sundowns owner and his sister, Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe, had donated R22 million to Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi's campaign for presidency:
"This followed unconfirmed reports that South African mining tycoon Patrice Motsepe, who is also brother to Bridgette, had donated R22m to Venson-Moitoi’s campaign, which had already been smuggled into Botswana.”
Sizwe Nzimande, Motsepe's spokesperson, confirmed that lawyers had laid defamation charges against the paper:
“There is some legal action being taken but I can't go into details because the matter is sub judice."
Despite this, Outsa Mokone, editor at the newspaper, claims they have yet to receive the lawsuit:
“We have not received any lawsuit from Motsepe. Maybe it's still on its way. Otherwise, when it arrives it will be treated like any other lawsuit."
In fact, Mokone claims to have received new information regard the allegations, promising to do a follow-up article this weekend.
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