Trevor Manuel 1 - EFF 0: Former finance minister wins defamation case

Trevor Manuel 1 - EFF 0: Former finance minister wins defamation case

Trevor Manuel has won a defamation case against Julius Malema's political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

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The EFF is known to be very vocal on their opinions and they're not shy about making controversial statements about other politicians.

However, their remarks about former finance minister Trevor Manuel landed them in hot water. According to Eyewitness News, Manuel won a defamation case against the Red Berets on Thursday.

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Briefly.co.za previously reported Manuel decided to sue 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.

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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".

News24 reported the South Gauteng High Court in Joburg ruled the remarks were false and defamatory.

The court ordered Juju's party to apologise and pay R500 000 in damages.

"The apology should be ordered in addition to the sum of compensation that the respondents must pay to him. He is entitled to the punitive costs he asked for," ruled Judge J Matojane.

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".

Source: Briefly.co.za

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