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By E-Mail



Mr GS Gevisser







Eric Van Den Berg/139310





7 April 2005


"Informers wanted" advertisement



Dear Sir


We act for Johnnic Media Investments Limited, the proprietors of the Sunday Times.


We have been handed the advertisement you wished to publish in the Sunday Times as well as a number of emails you have directed to employees of the Sunday Times.


We are instructed that our client is not obliged to accept your advertisement.  Your advertisement is defamatory of both De Beers and Anglo American Corporation and as such exposes our client to the risk of action being instituted against it.  Our client is unable to verify the truth or reasonableness of the material contained in the advertisement.  Our client in the absence of a defence to a claim for defamation is not prepared to publish the advertisement.


Your email messages contain a number threats aimed at our client’s holding company and its Board of Directors.  Their use is not acceptable to our client.  We are instructed accordingly to advise you that our client will not publish your advertisement and by way of this correspondence terminates its correspondence with you.  We require you to acknowledge receipt of this letter and to confirm that you will not issue any further threats against our client or any of its employees.


Yours faithfully