CIVIL CAUSE NO 201 OF 1995
NORSE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED..................FIRST PLAINTIFF
R.E. FRANZEL SECOND PLAINTIFF
CITY OF BLANTYRE DEFENDANT
A formal judgment will be delivered in due course. In this matter there will be judgment for the plaintiff. The words uttered by the defendant were defamatory of the company and the first plaintiff. The defences raised by the defendant are untenable. In particular there has not been substantial justification of the defamatory statement. The occasion was not privileged, so the question of qualified privilege does not arise. Even if it applied, the statements went beyond the occasion. There will be judgment for the plaintiffs with costs. The first plaintiff is awarded K150,000.00. The second plaintiff is awarded K100,000.00.