"Untrue, defamatory, unlawful": Judge rules against Zuma in spy case

"Untrue, defamatory, unlawful": Judge rules against Zuma in spy case

- Derek Hanekom has emerged victorious in his legal battle with former president Jacob Zuma

- The former president had dubbed Hanekom a 'known enemy agent' in a post on social media

- Now, the High Court has found the statement to be defamatory and false, with Zuma ordered to pay damages

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Former tourism minister and ANC veteran Derek Hanekom has emerged victorious in his legal bid to hold Jacob Zuma accountable.

Briefly.co.za reported that Hanekom had taken Zuma to task over a social post insinuating that he was a 'known enemy agent'.

A riled Hanekom had argued that if he was to be considered a spy, he had been one for the ANC in the time of the liberation struggle, infiltrating apartheid entities and relaying intel back to the now-ruling party.

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The Citizen reports that Zuma now has 24 hours to remove the offending post and is liable for damages in the matter. While the exact amount will be determined at a later stage, Hanekom had sought R500 000 in his application.

Judge Dhaya Pillay, who had presided over the matter, had dubbed Zuma's comments "untrue, defamatory and unlawful", ordering that an apology should be published within the next 24 hours, reports TimeLIVE.

Zuma's defence had been that he had been referring to Hanekom's admitted attempt to oust him as president of the ANC. The former minister had admitted to meeting with Economic Freedom Fighter members in a bid to garner enough support for a motion of no confidence.

Zuma had alleged that this was proof of his conspiracy claims, where he had insisted that he had been a victim of political sabotage.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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