On Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, I sent two letters, one to Sunday Times with Reference Number: AMW/ATM/20200422/21/100, and one to Mrs. Kevin James Power (Megan Power) with Reference Number: AMW/ATM/20200422/20/100, and Subject: MISLEADING, FAKE NEWS AND FALSE HEADLINES REGARDING MR. AHMED TALAAT, SUNDAY TIMES ARTICLE, 15TH DECEMBER 2013, PAGE 20, regarding the Fake Article published by MRS. KEVIN JAMES POWER (MEGAN POWER), stating a fake story with Misleading News targeting the General Public and Enticing them to believe a One-Sided event that took place with a Hidden Agenda against me and my company as I am a Foreign Investor in the Republic of South Africa.
I requested in my letter to Sunday Times and Mrs. Kevin James Power (Megan Power) to kindly provide me with the Proof for All the Unsubstantiated and False claims against me and my company as specified in detail in this Fake Article as outlined in my letters with the above Reference Numbers.
Kindly see below an extract from my letter for Paragraph 3:
3. I believe that this PARTICULAR DEFAMATORY article might expose you to potential liability, and it should please BE REMOVED. Below I cite a few essential notes from The Press Code of Ethics and Conduct for South African Print and Online Media:
3. Privacy, Dignity and Reputation
The media shall:
3.3 exercise care and consideration in matters involving dignity and reputation, which may be overridden only if it is in the public interest and if:
3.3.1. the facts reported are true or substantially true; or
3.3.2. the reportage amounts to protected comment based on facts that are adequately referred to and that are either true or reasonably true; or
3.3.3. the reportage amounts to a fair and accurate report of court proceedings, Parliamentary proceedings or the proceedings of any quasi-judicial tribunal or forum; or
3.3.4. it was reasonable for the information to be communicated because it was prepared in accordance with acceptable principles of journalistic conduct; or
3.3.5. the content was, or formed part of, an accurate and impartial account of a dispute to which the complainant was a party.
Sunday Times responded on Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, with the below email correspondence from Susan Smuts:
“Dear Mr Talaat
Thank you for your email, which has been forwarded to me by Megan Power, who no longer works at Sunday Times.
The article about you was done in accordance with the Press Code, to which we refer, and in accordance with accepted journalistic practice. In particular, you were given an opportunity to respond ahead of publication.
We do not, as a matter of course, remove articles which we have published, since they are part of our archive. This is especially so for stories that were true at the time of publication.
We are, however, willing to append updates to articles if they contain significant information. Your letter makes reference to documents that prove your innocence/acquittal. Please would you forward those to me, so that we may consider adding an update to the story.”
Sunday Times refused to Remove the Article using the excuse that it is Archived and cannot be removed as well as informing me that they Do Not Have Any Proof to substantiate the Article at the time of publishing to which I was Not Contacted at any point before publication of this Article was make public.
On Wednesday, 29th April 2020, I sent another letter to Sunday Times with Reference Number: AMW/ATM/20200429/20/101, and Subject: RE: MISLEADING, FAKE NEWS AND FALSE HEADLINES REGARDING MR. AHMED TALAAT, SUNDAY TIMES ARTICLE, 15TH DECEMBER 2013, PAGE 20.
Kindly see below the letter requesting the Proof Sunday Times has in order to Substantiate their Article:
1. Thank you very much for your reply and I acknowledge receipt of your email dated Wednesday, 22nd April 2020.
2. We have not received any evidence from you regarding the article Dodgy travel agent vanishes, published on 15 December 2013 by Megan Power, Page 20, or any explanation justifying the accusations as published by this article as requested in our first correspondence to you.
3. By you not providing me with any evidence, this can only prove to me that you have no underlying Proof or Evidence to Justify the above article in question which is Malicious Hearsay against me.
4. I would like to kindly request from you the following Information and/or Documentation regarding the Accusations and Hearsay against me highlighted in each paragraph of the above article in question:
4.1. The Authentic Warrant of Arrest in Compliance of the South African Law Section 39 (2), 43 (2), 233, 234 and 235 of the Criminal Procedures Act 51 of 1977 reads with Section 35 (2)(a) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act 108 of 1996.
4.2. The Authentic Computer System Print Out from Home Affairs indicating that I have been Red Flagged against all Airports and Border Posts during the time the article was published.
4.3. The Case Number for the couple that went on a European Holiday as indicated by the article.
4.4. The Charge Sheet against me in Compliance of the South African Law Section 76 (2) (3), 80, 84, 87, 233, 234, 235 and 342A (3) (c) of the Criminal Procedures Act 51 of 1977 reads with Section 35 (3) (a) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act 108 of 1996 reads with Section 11 (9) of the Canadian Charter of the Rights and Freedoms reads with Article 6 (3) (e) of the ECHR during this time the article was published.
4.5. The 40 Victims Statements in Compliance of the South African Law Section 233, 234 and 235 of the Criminal Procedures Act 51 of 1977 during this time the article was published.
4.6. The Authentic Statements of the 11 People struggling in Thailand in Compliance of the South African Law Section 233, 234 and 235 of the Criminal Procedures Act 51 of 1977 during this time the article was published.
4.7. The Cancellation Documentation stating that I cancelled individuals from travelling during this time the article was published.
4.8. The Authentic Affidavit from Mrs. Nomsa Mmope once she had returned from Thailand stating that she and ten people slept on the street with no accommodation in Compliance of the South African Law Section 233, 234 and 235 of the Criminal Procedures Act 51 of 1977.
4.9. The Authentic Affidavit from the Victim Mr. Ahmed Johnson stating that I took his money (R145,000) and did not give him a holiday in Compliance of the South African Law Section 233, 234 and 235 of the Criminal Procedures Act 51 of 1977.
4.10. The Authentic Affidavit from the Victim Mrs. Andries Jacobs stating that I took his money (R112,000) and did not give him a holiday in Compliance of the South African Law Section 233, 234 and 235 of the Criminal Procedures Act 51 of 1977.
4.11. The Authentic Affidavit from the Victim Mr. Jack Bapela stating that I took his money (R72,000) and did not give him a holiday in Compliance of the South African Law Section 233, 234 and 235 of the Criminal Procedures Act 51 of 1977.
4.12. The Authentic Employee Agreement/Contract for Mrs. Jenny Campbell stating that she works for me and I owe her money (R3000) as stated in the above article during this time the article was published.
4.13. The Documentation/Evidence of me ever leaving on my Private Jet.
4.14. The Authentic Letter/Documentation from First National Bank (FNB) stating that I “Cleaned” all my company bank accounts during this time the article was published.
4.15. The Document from the Police Spokes Person, as indicated by the above article, stating that I am “Still at Large” during this time the article was published.
4.16. The Proof that I used the ASATA Logo on my website illegally, as I did not use or advertise ASATA on my website during this time the article was published or any other time because I only used ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents).
4.17. The Report that was given from ASTA to Mrs. Megan Power involving the communication about anyone complaining about me as specified in the above article during this time the article was published.
5. Kindly provide me with all the above information and documentation as I have the right to Access to All This Information in Compliance of Section 6 (3) of the Protection of Investment Act 22 of 2015 in RSA (UNCTAD COMPENDIUM OF INVESTMENT LAWS).
6. This article is causing Detrimental Damage to me, because it is Fake, Malicious Deception, Falsehoods, Unfounded, Untrue and Complete Hearsay against me and I should be treated with Respect and not to Defame them with Planting of False Stories.
7. Kindly put a Stop to this kind of Abuse and Remove this Article from your Archives and/or the Internet.
8. Kindly be informed that a Civil Claim against Sunday Times and Mrs Kevin James Power (Megan Power) will be enforced.
Susan Smuts didn’t respond instead she forwarded my letter to the Sunday Times Legal Department/Company who responded with No Response to Any of My Requests Above regarding this Article and instead decided to make an Excuse to which we are now in the process of moving forward with Legal Action against Sunday Times. I trust and respect the South African Judicial Process however if need be, I am ready to take the matter Internationally.
If anyone requires any certified copies of the documentation relating to the above, kindly contact me directly on Info@AhmedTalaat.co.za.
On a Personal Note: I wish to encourage All South African’s to continuously sustain and encourage the growth of South Africa and the Tourism Industry. With us, you can be rest assured that I will do my best to encourage and grow the Tourism Industry in the Republic of South Africa to the benefit of all.
Thank you kindly for all your ongoing support.
President & CEO
Phone: +27 (11) 681 6417