- Floyd Shivambu says that the EFF's informant regarding their allegations against Trevor Manuel is a senior figure at an SOE
- The party says the informant is "well-respected" and willing to testify
- Shivambu argues that the senior position held by the informant was a sufficient basis on to which to accept the informant's testimony
EFF Deputy-President Floyd Shivambu has said that the informant who supplied the EFF with the information on which they based their allegations of nepotism against Trevor Manuel is prepared to testify.
This is according to court documents Shivambu has given to the Supreme Court of Appeal.
The EFF had claimed that Manuel unfairly helped Edward Kieswetter receive the job as Sars commissioner.
Manuel took the Red Berets to court on defamation charges related to this accusation. In May, the South Gauteng court ruled in favour of Manuel. The judge ordered the EFF to apologise and pay R500 000 in damages to Manuel, which Manuel said he would donate to victims of the VBS looting saga.
The EFF has since filed documents for leave to appeal. They want the SCA to set aside all previous rulings against them in the defamation case.
The court found that the EFF did not take adequate steps to verify the information on which they based their attack on Manuel, according to fin24. However, Shivambu claims that their informant is "well-respected". He says that the source is a colleague of Kieswetter's and a senior employee at a state-owned enterprise, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Additionally, Shivambu says that the senior position occupied by the informant was a sufficient basis for the party to accept the informant's testimony.
He said that this informant would be prepared to testify in court as well.
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