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Regard must be had to the higher standard of conduct expected from public officials, and the number of falsehoods that have been put forward by the Public Protector in the course of the litigation.  This conduct included the numerous “misstatements”, like misrepresenting, under oath, her reliance on evidence of economic experts in drawing up the report, failing to provide a complete record, ordered and indexed, so that the contents thereof could be determined, failing to disclose material meetings and then obfuscating the reasons for them and the reasons why they had not been previously disclosed, and generally failing to provide the court with a frank and candid account of her conduct in preparing the report. The punitive aspect of the costs order therefore stands.

KHAMPEPE J and THERON J
Public Protector v South African Reserve Bank (CCT107/18) [2019] ZACC 29 (22 July 2019)
26 April 2007

But what about condoms?

News24 today reports as follows:

An advertisement for a religious campaign has been ruled out of order for lack of evidence that Jesus can heal Aids. The Advertising Standards Authority made the ruling after receiving a complaint about a newspaper advertisement last month for a “Miracle Crusade with Reverend Angley”. The advertisement claimed among other things that Jesus “heals Aids”. The ASA said it had tried unsuccessfully to get a response to the complaint, but the advertiser had “failed to provide the ASA with verification of the claim in question”.

This seems to suggest that almost all religious advertising in South Africa will now be banned. No more claims that those who attend a religious gathering will be delivered from the evils of the world, will prosper and enter the kingdom of heaven, will become rich and meet the Pope. In most cases verification might prove rather difficult.

But what about the claims by the Catholic Church that having sex outside of marriage and wearing condoms are mortal sins that will lead a person straight to hell. Such claims could hardly be verified. Somehow I do not think ASA will ban the Church from spreading this message – for that the Catholic Church is far too powerful.
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