- In court documents, Julius Malema has said that the EFF's language could be crticised for being "unfair" and "inelegant"
- This was in reference to the party's allegations that Trevor Manuel unfairly assisted Edward Kieswetter to be appointed as Sars commissioner
- The EFF had accused Manuel of corruption and nepotism
Julius Malema admitted that the EFF uses language which is "open to criticism as being heavy-handed, inelegant, unfair".
The EFF leader made the statement in court papers filed at the Johannesburg High Court.
This comes after Trevor Manuel took the party - as well as Malema and party spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi - to court for defamation.
This follows the party accusing Manuel, a former finance minister, of corruption and nepotism after the appointment of Edward Kieswetter as the new Sars commissioner.
Manuel was on the panel which selected the commissioner. Kieswetter had served under Manuel when Manuel was finance minister. However, Manuel recused himself during Kieswetter's interview, according to TimesLive.
Additionally, the EFF claimed that Manuel and Kieswetter were related (hence the nepotism allegations) when, in fact, the two are not family.
As a result, Manuel wants the EFF to withdraw its allegations against him. He says they have tarnished his reputation.
Malema, however, has defended his party's claims. He said that Manuel and Kieswetter are friends, which justifies the EFF's use of the word "nepotistic" in their allegations against Manuel.
Court proceedings in the matter will continue from 14 May, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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