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“Mission Accomplished, Actually” – Max du Preez says He Made His Point about SAA, Despite Legal Bullying

A Rumour of SpringMax du Preez, veteran journalist and author of A Rumour of Spring: South Africa after 20 years of Democracy, was threatened with a court order after sharing a link to an internal SAA memo that reveals the airline’s insolvent status.

Du Preez spoke to Stephen Grootes on CapeTalk/Talk Radio 702 about why he decided to share the link to a document he knew was subject to a interim court order, and why he chose to submit to SAA’s demands and delete his social media posts. He calls the airline management “a bunch of bullies”, and as a private individual he cannot take them on in court.

Although he has now deleted his posts, Du Preez is satisfied because the public has access to important information about an organisation being funded by their tax, and SAA’s court orders will likely be overturned anyway. He says: “Mission accomplished, actually.”

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