- Former finance minister, Trevor Manuel, is taking legal action against the EFF
- This is regarding the party's claim that he unfairly influenced the appointment of the new Sars boss
- Manuel has called the allegations racist and libelous
Trevor Manuel is suing the EFF as well as its spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, over the party's allegation that Manuel interfered in the appointment of Edward Kieswetter as the new head of Sars.
Ndlozi had said that the appointment protest was not transparent and that Manuel, a former finance minister, had unfairly favoured Kieswetter.
In response to the allegations, Manuel had said that he would not be intimidated by "schoolyard bullies".
The EFF expressed outrage over Kieswetter's appointment and said it would have to fight to have the decision reversed.
When the EFF initially made the allegations - which appear to be based on the fact that Manuel and Kieswetter are both coloured - Manuel dismissed them.
He described the accusations as libelous and racist.
Additionally, Manuel demanded that the party retract their comments, or else he would take legal action against them, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
It seems Manuel has now followed through on his threat. On Wednesday, he made an application tot he high court that the EFF's remarks should be declared defamatory.
READ ALSO: 15 Memorable Photos From The Amazing Baby Shower Of Meghan Markle
He is also seeking for the court to impose an interdict against the EFF from making further accusations, according to TimesLive. Manuel also wants the allegations to be removed from the EFF's social media pages and other public platforms.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!