EFF set to appeal court's defamation ruling in favour of Trevor Manuel

EFF set to appeal court's defamation ruling in favour of Trevor Manuel

Julius Malema and the EFF are planning to appeal the court ruling that found the party's comments on former Minister of Finance, Trevor Manuel, were false and defamatory. Malema says the court won't silence the 'truth'.

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Ex-finance Minister, Trevor Manuel, has won a defamation case against Julius Malema's political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, but they are not about to take this lying down.

The Citizen reports that Malema and his party are preparing to appeal the court's findings in favour of Manuel.

Malema shared the decision on social media, saying that not even courts will keep the truth silenced.

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A court ruling had found that Malema and the EFF's comments about Manuel were defamatory and false.

The EFF as a party, its spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, and its leader, Malema, have been interdicted by the court from publishing statements or saying anything that implies that Manuel is involved in corruption or nepotism regarding the appointment of the Commissioner of SARS.

Furthermore, News24 reports the EFF have to pay damages of a cool R500 000 to Manuel as well as apologise to him for their statements.

“The respondents are ordered jointly and severally to pay damages of R500 000 to the applicant (Manuel)."

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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.

Ndlozi had said that the appointment protest was not transparent and that Manuel had unfairly favoured Kieswetter. In response to the allegations, Manuel had said that he would not be intimidated by "schoolyard bullies".

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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