- NEC member and former Tourism Minister, Derek Hanekom, has come forward to state that, if he wins his against ex-SA President, Jacob Zuma, he will donate all the money
- Hanekom recently sued Zuma for R500 000 in a defamation case against the former President
- Earlier this year, Zuma publically called Hanekom a “known enemy agent”
Member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and former Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, recently stated that, if he wins his defamation case made against former South African President, Jacob Zuma, he will donate all the money.
If able to secure the R500 000 in winnings, Hanekom says he will donate the money to Corruption Watch, IOL reported.
Hanekom opened the defamation case against Zuma after the ex-President called Hanekom a “known enemy agent” in a Tweet, earlier this year.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Zuma stood by his comments, claiming that Hanekom colluded with opposition parties to remove Zuma as President.
However, Hanekom’s lawyer’s argued that Zuma had been accusing the former Minister of working with the apartheid government.
In his affidavit presented to the court, Zuma questioned Hanekom’s loyalty to the ANC, Times LIVE reported.
“He seems to suggest that one’s membership of one party precludes them from being agents of another ... he misses entirely the very nature of agents. They operate clandestinely while seeming to be loyal .. He fits the description I attach to him in my tweet,” Zuma stated.
In addition to announcing that he plans to donate the winnings from the case, Hanekom also suggested that Zuma is using the situation as a way to distract from other allegations that have been made against the former President.
“It is just an attempt to divert public attention from the real issues where Mr Zuma is facing some very serious charges. There are some very serious allegations about his role in state capture. I’m not suggesting that he’s guilty of anything, but he is facing these very serious charges. And when he resorts to these malicious lies it diverts our attention from the real issues we should be paying attention to. So it’s important for us to establish the truth. It’s important for society because otherwise society just accepts these lies and damage is done by these lies,” Hanekom stated.
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