5 September 2013

South Africa: Facebook Slanderers to Pay Damages

Johannesburg — A woman and her husband have been ordered by the High Court in Pretoria to pay the husband's ex-wife R40,000 after defaming her on Facebook, The Star newspaper reported on Thursday.

The ex-wife took the couple to court as she felt two postings especially on the wife's Facebook wall were defamatory.

One of the wife's reported postings was: "To all moms and dads... what do you think of people who allow step-brothers to bath their little sisters each night, simply because it would make the mother's life easier?".

Judge Jan Hiemstra on Wednesday ordered the woman, who is a senior manager at the SA Revenue Service and who authored the posts, and her husband who was tagged in them, to compensate the husband's ex-wife, according to the report.

Hiemstra said that even though the husband did not author the posts, he was tagged, knew about them, and allowed his name to be coupled with his new wife.

The husband and ex-wife were embroiled in legal proceedings, with the ex-wife granted an interdict against him last year to prevent him from coming near her home or work.

Sapa

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