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From: Public Relations [mailto:pro-kzn@sanha.org.za]
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 11:42 AM
Subject: Retraction of Rainbow article - Tabloid newspapers


The Editor,


We object to the disingenuous manner in which your publication as a well - read weekly newspaper together with Rainbow have shoddily and unjustly maligned SANHA.


In your comment column of 16/6/2011, Mr. Heath of Rainbow refers ?to the letter published from SANHA which states ?Rainbow chickens? processed products no longer Halaal?


Firstly, SANHA had not submitted any letter whatsoever to yourselves for publication. The information you published was presumably gleaned from our open source notice (a copy of which is attached herewith). The notice clearly refers to the withdrawal of the Halaal certification by SANHA and does not indicate that any products are Haraam.


Secondly, the headline was a fabrication of your design, false, misleading and a disservice to your readers, Rainbow and ourselves leading to the libelous remarks of misrepresentation made by Mr. Heath in your medium.


Thirdly your failure to verify and clarify important information of this nature concerning ourselves is a betrayal of simple journalistic principles and not in keeping with your usual editorial discipline.


Fourthly, the article also conveniently omitted our concluding statement where we specifically reassured the customer that the status of fresh and frozen products slaughtered at a separate halaal site remained unchanged.


In light of the above submission, we feel justified in seeking your urgent undertaking that the matter will be redressed with equal prominence in your columns next week.


This will go a long way in minimizing the damage to our name and clarifying the libelous remarks made by Mr. Heath in complicity with yourselves.


We await your response.



Yours sincerely

For South African National Halaal Authority


EBI Lockhat

Public Relations Officer


Tel: +27 (31) 207 5768

Fax: +27 (31) 207 5793

Cell: +27 (0) 83 777 0121

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