Apology and retraction to General Msimang

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defenceWeb hereby issues an apology to Chief of the South African Air Force (SAAF) Lieutenant General Fabian Msimang and his family over the article ‘SAAF Chief apparently suspended – no comment from SANDF’ and retracts the article.
defenceWeb has been advised by Msimang’s private lawyer Brian Kahn that his clients (General Msimang and his wife Afrika Msimang) view the aforementioned article as defamatory as the allegation that Msimang was placed on special leave after being suspended from duty is, according to Msimang’s lawyer, “patently false. Neither at the time of the release of the offending article nor at any time thereafter was he on special leave whether as a result of being suspended from official duty or otherwise. He has never been and is not suspended from duty.”

The article also alludes to “at least two allegations” against Msimang that are being investigated; the one involves the alleged illegal usage of an official military vehicle and the other links him to Mrs Msimang regarding the mismanagement/misappropriation of funds intended for a children’s project. According to Msimang’s legal representation, “there are no investigations pending against General Msimang and therefore the allegations in regard to these two matters above are simply false. General Msimang is not being investigated for: illegal use of military vehicles; or the mismanagement/misappropriation of funds intended for a children’s project.”



In light of the above, defenceWeb hereby issues an apology to General Msimang, his wife and family for any damage to their names and reputation and for any inconvenience and discomfort caused by the publication of the article.
defenceWeb would also like to emphasise that the article ‘SAAF Chief apparently suspended – no comment from SANDF’ has been retracted from our website and is no longer accessible. We hope such actions will go some way to restoring an amicable relationship with General Msimang.