- The EFF is facing mounting legal debts
- This comes after a string of court defeats for the party
- They have to pay Trevor Manuel and AfriForum R500 000 and R200 000 respectively
The EFF's legal debts have been steadily increasing in recent weeks following court defeats in their cases involving Karima Brown and Trevor Manuel, among others.
The Red Berets' debt is speculated at almost R1 million.
This comes as the party takes its application to appeal against the R500 000 Trevor Manuel ruling to the Supreme Court of Appeal after the High Court dismissed it.
The EFF now owes R500 000 to Manuel and R200 000 to Afrikaans lobby group, AfriForum. They also have to pay costs in their matter involving journalist Karima Brown, according to The Citizen.
This week, High Court judge Keoagile Matojane rejected the EFF's appeal application in the Manuel matter. Matojane accused the party of making "egregious allegations" against Manuel (they had accused him of corruption and nepotism, among other charges).
He also said that the EFF had a "complete disregard for the truth".
Matojane also dismissed the EFF's argument that their comments were acceptable because they were "political speech".
The judge pointed out that there were limits to freedom of speech. For example, it is unlawful to make defamatory statements such as those made by the party against Manuel.
However, it appears that the EFF is not done with the matter. They will reportedly take it to the Supreme Court of Appeal and then, if it fails there, potentially to the Constitutional Court.
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