EFF appeals ruling, claims Trevor Manuel didn't really recuse himself

EFF appeals ruling, claims Trevor Manuel didn't really recuse himself

- The EFF claims that Trevor Manuel did not truly recuse himself from the interview process of newly-appointed Sars head, Edward Kieswetter

- This follows judge Elias Matojane's ruling that the Red Berets have to pay Manuel R500 000 for defamation

- The party had alleged that Manuel's involvement in the interview was corrupt and nepotistic

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The EFF has said that Trevor Manuel did not really recuse himself from the interview process which led to the appointment of the new Sars commissioners, Edward Kieswetter.

The EFF has made this assertion in court papers filed last week at the Johannesburg High Court.

This comes the Red Berets attempt to appeal a ruling last week that the party must pay Manuel R500 000 for defamation.

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The EFF had accused Manuel of nepotism and of helping Kieswetter (whom the party alleged was Manuel's cousin, despite this not being the case) get the Sars job. 

Manuel had been involved in the interview process for the position, but recused himself from influencing Kieswetter. This was because Kieswetter previously served as deputy Sars commissioner while Manuel was finance minister.

The EFF continues to argue that Manuel improperly influenced Kieswetter's appointment. In their newly-filed court documents, they claim that: "Manuel himself recognises that there was a personal relationship existing between himself and the new Sars commissioner", according to Times Live. 

Additionally, the EFF argues that their comments concerning Manuel amounted to "political speech" and were thus not defamatory, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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Indeed, in their court documents, the party makes the case that, because there comments were supposedly political, they "did not need to be supported by facts".

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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