Minister Pravin Gordhan and EFF leader Julius Malema will go head to head in Equality Court today. This follows a scathing attack on the Minister by Malema while Gordhan testified at the State Capture Inquiry.
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema are set to appear before the Equality Court today.
The two will be hashing out scathing comments made by the EFF leader outside of the Zondo Commission.
Briefly.co.za reported last year that Malema had addressed a crowd of EFF supporters outside of the Commission, saying that Gordhan was a 'dog of white monopoly capital' and encouraged supporters to be 'ready for war' against the Minister.
Malema filled a series of complaints against the Minister, alleging that he had been a part of state capture, as well as, using his daughter to secure government tenders which he allegedly illicitly benefited from.
Following this, Gordhan lodged two complaints against Malema and his deputy Floyd Shimambu with the South African Police Service, as well as at the Equality Court.
According to News24, Tebogo Malatji, the Minister's lawyer, has confirmed that charges of criminal defamation and crimen injurie has been laid against Malema and he will be seeking damages of R150 000.
Gordhan feels that the statements made by Malema constitutes hate speech according to the Equality Act, as they had been intended to be damaging, to incite hand and promote hatred.
If the Minister should be successful, the damages will be donated to a charity that supports job creation for unemployed youth.
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