Judgement reserved: Zuma pleads innocent while ex-minister cries foul

Judgement reserved: Zuma pleads innocent while ex-minister cries foul

- Judgement has been reserved in the legal battle between Jacob Zuma and Derek Hanekom

- The ex-president is adamant that he has never actually accused Hanekom of working with apartheid forces

- The former minister on the other hand says his credibility has taken a knock because of the allegations.

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Judgment has been reserved as Derek Hanekom and Jacob Zuma squared off in court today.

Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the two ANC titans were going toe-to-toe over a social media post where Zuma declared the ex-minister a 'known enemy agent'.

Judge Daya Pillay resolved to pass down her ruling as soon as possible in the matter after the two parties arguments were heard.

The former president's legal team argued that Zuma never directly accused Hanekom of working for the apartheid state in the controversial post, claiming his comment had referred instead to the minister's co-operation with the EFF to see Zuma ousted as president.

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Hanekom's legal team had discussed the impact on the ex-minister's reputation the allegation had, commenting that:

“Mr Hanekom did not object to being called an ANC spy. In fact, he himself has said you kind of say that that’s what I did.”

Hanekom has supposedly viewed Zuma's comment in the light he did because he had infiltrated the South African Defence Force at the time, relaying information to the ANC:

“Mr Hanekom went to jail for that, he went to jail for treason and he proudly says, ‘Yes, I played my part, you can call it a spy but I was a spy for the ANC."

The Citizen reports that Hanekom's family had been receiving threats, including insults and attacks, following Zuma's post.

The SABC has reported that the minister is nevertheless confident in his legal teams abilities in the matter, but the outcome remains to be seen.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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