Zuma headed back to court as Hanekom sues over spy allegations

Zuma headed back to court as Hanekom sues over spy allegations

- Next week will see two ANC titans going toe-to-toe as Derek Hanekom takes on former president Jacob Zuma

- The former minister is suing Zuma for defamation over spy allegations, claiming they had caused immense harm to his reputation

- Hanekom is seeking R500 000 in damages, saying that the damage will continue as long as the statement remains uncensored

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August 21 will see ANC veterans Derek Hanekom and Jacob Zuma squaring off over the former president's spy allegations.

Briefly.co.za reported that Zuma had taken to social media to insinuate that Hanekom had been part of a plan concocted by the apartheid government to remove him as president.

In court papers seen by Business Day, Hanekom is adamant that the allegations have caused 'immense harm and damage' to his reputation, and will continue to do so as long as the statement remains uncensored.

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The former tourism minister wants Zuma to delete the offending post, withdraw his allegations, admit that they were 'entirely false' and then apologise. Hanekom will also be seeking R500 000 in damages from the former president.

Hanekom also wants Zuma to be interdicted from publishing any statement that implies the ex-minister "is or was an enemy agent or apartheid spy".

News24 reports that Hanekom was to court to insist that Zuma should publish the following on social media:

"On 25 July 2019, I published a tweet which alleges that Mr Derek Hanekom is a known enemy agent. I unconditionally withdraw this allegation and apologise for making it as it is entirely false. I have no basis whatsoever for asserting that Mr Hanekom is a known enemy agent."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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