Editor Nevanji Madanhire and reporter, Nqaba Matshazi faced criminal defamation charges over a story that claimed Green Card Medical Aid Society was on the brink of collapse.
The medical insurance firm is owned by Kereke, an adviser to RBZ governor Gideon, who claimed that the story was based on stolen documents and was defamatory.
A day before they were due to appear in court, Kereke wrote to The Standard advising the paper on his wish to drop the charges on both counts.
However, he did not appear in court to drop the criminal defamation charges.
Solomon Tapfumaneyi, Green Card Medical Aid Society’s acting chief executive officer, represented the firm and requested that theft charges be dropped.
Madanhire and Matshazi are set to appear in court on 10 January next year, where Kereke is expected to formally withdraw the criminal defamation charges.