TOP boxing promoter Branco Milenkovic has been awarded a record damages claim after suing Boxing SA (BSA) and its suspended CEO for defamation.South Gauteng High Court Judge Margaret Victor yesterday ordered BSA and suspended BSA CEO Moffat Qithi to pay Mr Milenkovic R250,000 apiece for comments made by Qithi, which she found to be defamatory and "inspired by malice".Mr Milenkovic’s attorney, David Swartz of Phillip Silver and Associates, said it was the biggest defamation award in South African legal history.It surpasses the R200,000 initially awarded to former Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride, who now heads the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, which was cut to R50,000 on appeal to the Constitutional Court.Judge Victor also ordered BSA — which is dependent on state funding — to pay all costs, which are estimated to be more than R2m.Mr Milenkovic was represented by two advocates, including senior counsel Laurance Hodes.Qithi, who was suspended as BSA CEO las...

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