Magda Wierzycka, CEO of JSE listed company Sygnia, has filed a defamation lawsuit for an article published by IoL which, she says, attacks her personally and professionally, notes a News24 report.

Included in the lawsuit is Independent Online, Independent Media and the author of the article, Adri Senekal De Wet.

According to Wierzycka, the article, published on 18 May 2020 entitled ‘Magda Wierzycka should mind her own dirty laundry before launching dirty tricks’ makes various false character judgments and accusations against her.

According to court papers, Wierzycka says the article is defamatory because it paints her as ‘dishonest’ and ‘not a fit and proper person to occupy the position of (CEO) of the second plaintiff, or any other company’.

She says the article alleges that she ‘promoted, and continues to promote, the interests of the second plaintiff in a manner that is dishonest, and with the intention to mislead the general public’ and ‘is of low moral character by engaging in an extra-marital affair’.

Wierzycka is suing for R10m which, she said, will be donated to charity.

This is the third defamation lawsuit Wierzycka has filed against the company and Iqbal Surve, chairperson of Independent Media and Sekunjalo Investments.

Takudzwa Hove, COO of Independent Media, said they ’will defend the suit and are confident the courts will find no merit in the suit brought against us’.

‘Independent Media stands by its journalists and by what has been published,’ Hove said. According to Hove, the lawsuit is an attempt by Wierzycka to deflect attention and prevent the publication from writing about her.

Full News24 report