Facebook post leads to N$100 000 lawsuit

16 August 2019 | Justice

A public Facebook post criticising the professional conduct of a Mariental doctor is at the centre of a N$100 000 defamation suit filed at the Windhoek High Court this year.

Dr Berit David Platt is suing Arnoldus Sydney Apols following a public Facebook post on 6 November 2018, in which Apols alleged the doctor had rudely instructed a security guard to remove an elderly woman from his practice. This allegedly took place after the woman had complained of the effects of an injection the doctor had given her.

The post was made public, allowing anybody to view and comment on it, and could still be viewed yesterday. The post had attracted 44 comments, 53 reactions and was shared 131 times to date. Several people who commented made threats of violence against Dr Platt and agreed with the post's allegations of unprofessional behaviour by the doctor. The post includes an allegation that Apols had heard similar complaints “of your irrogance and lack of respect towards your clients (sic)” and concludes with the warning “For you and your security watch this space (sic).”

Dr Platt claims that the post caused grave injury to his name and reputation, in addition to his feelings and dignity.

His court documents state that he is widely known in Namibia and is “a respected general practitioner in a small town who takes great pride in his medical oath as a medical practitioner”. Platt argues that the post depicts him as “a person without any integrity as a medical practitioner and of questionable reputation, abusive/aggressive behaviour towards his patients, lack of honesty and integrity, and without any moral fibre.”

He further claims that the post was “wrongful and defamatory” and asks the court to award him damages of N$100 000.

Dr Platt's legal papers include printouts of Apols's Facebook post and some of the comments. Some commentators encouraged Apols to report the doctor to a medical body, while others said he should have assaulted the doctor. This week High Court Judge Hannelie Prinsloo was informed that settlement negotiations between the parties had failed. The parties asked the court to postpone the matter for three weeks.

Frieda Schulz of Neves Legal Practitioners is acting on behalf of Dr Platt, while Apols is represented by Hassan Engelbrecht of Brockerhoff & Associates Legal Practitioners.

Similar News

 

Rastafarian sues for N$1.4m

13 hours ago | Justice

JANA-MARI SMITHWINDHOEKA convict serving 35 years for murdering his girlfriend is suing prison authorities for N$1.4 million for cutting his hair.Petrus Fridel Frederik claims his...

Dippenaar magistrate denies bias

21 hours ago | Justice

ERWIN LEUSCHNERSWAKOPMUNDAfter an eight-month break the marathon trial of murder accused Jandré Dippenaar continued at the regional court in Swakopmund this week. At the start...

Babi's bail hearing tomorrow

1 day - 02 June 2020 | Justice

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThe hearing of a bail application by self-proclaimed “prophet” Jackson Babi (30) and his co-accused, Friza Dumeni (25), has been postponed to tomorrow.They are...

Employers take on Geingob over retrenchments

2 days ago - 01 June 2020 | Justice

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKThe Namibia Employers Federation (NEF) on Friday said President Hage Geingob had no business replacing the existing labour law with a proclamation which...

'Only God can judge him'

2 days ago - 01 June 2020 | Justice

FRANCOISE STEYNBERGWINDHOEKSelf-professed prophet of House of Joy Ministries, Pastor Jackson Babi (30), and his co-accused Friza Dumeni spent the weekend behind bars.Accused of illegally being...

Rundu self-confessed killer back in custody

2 days ago - 01 June 2020 | Justice

KENYA KAMBOWERUNDUMurder accused Castro Domingo (34), who recently made headlines following his release from custody after the Rundu Magistrate's Court provisionally struck his case from...

Fishrot accused swim solo for bail

5 days ago - 29 May 2020 | Justice

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEK The cracks are starting to appear in what was previously a joint chorus sheet to either apply or stall...

Alleged girlfriend killer fights for discharge

6 days ago - 28 May 2020 | Justice

NAMPA WINDHOEK A man on trial in the Windhoek High Court for allegedly killing his girlfriend, International University of Management student Iyaloo...

Pointless releasing Gustavo – State

1 week ago - 27 May 2020 | Justice

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKThe State yesterday said granting Fishrot accused Ricardo Gustavo, who testified yesterday that he is 'penniless', would only burden his already suffering family.The former...

Late Ondonga king sued for strip-searching

1 week ago - 22 May 2020 | Justice

ILENI NANDJATO OSHAKATI The late omukwaniilwa of Ondonga, Immanuel Kauluma, is among 15 people cited in an almost N$4 million lawsuit by employees...

Latest News

Sean K part of Covid-19...

33 minutes ago | Art and Entertainment

WINDHOEK EXPRESSWINDHOEKNamibian crooner Sean K is one of 11 African artists who worked on a collaborative song to thank healthcare workers for their commitment and...

2020 Mining Expo and Conference...

13 hours ago | Business

Phillepus Uusiku The Mining Expo and Conference that was scheduled for 2-3 September 2020, after having been postponed from 22-23 April, has been cancelled. The...

NBL ready to deliver

13 hours ago | Business

Phillepus UusikuLife is slowing returning to normal as Namibians navigate the country’s gradual reopening following an easing of trade restrictions which were necessitated to combat...

Treasury demands reports of lockdown...

13 hours ago | Economics

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKThe ministry of finance will demand full reports from public entities, ministries, agencies and offices detailing procurement expenditure incurred during stage one of the...

Over 120 lose jobs at...

13 hours ago | Labour

KENYA KAMBOWERUNDUAbout 120 people lost their jobs yesterday after a fallout between Chinese-born business magnate Stina Wu and a subcontractor that labour inspectors found to...

Namibia’s food security paradox

13 hours ago | Agriculture

Venomukona Tjiseua, sustainable agriculturalist: “The government must revisit its priority list and place agriculture at its correct spot.”With jobs disappearing, incomes drying up and savings...

The contest for hearts and...

13 hours ago | Opinion

Nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight, when everything remains seemingly unchanged.The above quote by...

Indemnity forms a matter of...

13 hours ago | Education

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKWith some learners expected to return to schools today, education ministry executive director Sanet Steenkamp says parents will have to trust that schools have...

SA loosens lockdown to revive...

13 hours ago | International

South Africa sought to revive its stuttering economy on Monday with a partial lifting of its coronavirus lockdown, letting people out for work, worship or...

Load More