EFF ordered to pay damages, apologise: Journalists win defamation case

EFF ordered to pay damages, apologise: Journalists win defamation case

- The Johannesburg High Court has ruled against the EFF in its latest defamation debacle

- Journalist Thandeka Gqubule and Professor Anton Harber have emerged victorious after taking on the Red Berets

- The party now needs to publish an apology and pay R40 000 in damages to the pair

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The High Court has ruled in favour of SABC journalist Thandeka Gqubule and Professor Anton Harber.

The pair had accused the Economic Freedom Fighters of making false statements against them, accusing them of being apartheid-era spies.

Judge Lebogang Modiba ordered the party to publicly apologise and pay R40 000 in damages to each, as well as their legal costs.

The Citizen reports that shortly after Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's death, a video had been posted by Huffington Post SA.

Madikizela-Mandela had discussed those who were determined to write negative articles about her:

“There were reporters who specialised in writing very negative stories about me like Thandi [Thandeka] Gqubule. They were working for what was then called the Weekly Mail. I was pleasantly surprised to see Anton Harber talking like that because he was editor … and the Weekly Mail was so anti-ANC, anti-me. They actually did the job for Stratcom.”

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EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi had released a statement shortly after the incident, condemning the journalists.

This prompted the legal action to be taken, despite the EFF's claim they were simply relaying what the late veteran had said, Briefly.co.za gathered.

Thandeka Gqubule had commented ahead of the ruling, saying that she was entitled to defend herself:

“If somebody wants to jump around in a red onesie and call me a spy, that’s their prerogative. I think they can do that, it’s their right. But they must also respect my right to dignity, to truth, to being a journalist and my right to earn a living. The damage done or the damage that they attempted to do has been humongous; it’s difficult to even quantify.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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