- Former president Jacob Zuma has lost his bid to overturn the ruling on Derek Hanekom's defamation case
- The High Court had previously ruled in Hanekom's favour after Zuma called him a 'known enemy agent'
- This order, in line with the ruling made on Friday, still stands and the ex-president will now need to apologise for his defamatory comment
The Constitutional Court has dismissed ex-president Jacob Zuma's attempt to appeal the High Court's ruling in Derek Hanekom's defamation case.
Zuma had approached the court to overturn the ruling in Hanekom's favour which had ordered the former president to apologise.
In July last year, Zuma had taken to social media to react to Julius Malema's claim that the former minister had collaborated with the EFF to remove the ex-president from office:
"I'm not surprised by Julius Malema's revelations regarding Derek Hanekom. It is part of the plan I mentioned at the Zondo Commission. Derek Hanekom is a known enemy agent."
In response to Zuma's allegation, Hanekom had taken his comrade to court on charges of defamation, demanding R500 000 in damages.
The High Court had ruled in his favour, ordering Zuma to remove the post and apologise to the former tourism minister. Zuma was also barred from ever suggesting that Hanekom has worked with apartheid forces again.
Despite this latest court loss, the post remains live on Zuma's social media at the time of publishing.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Democratic Alliance interim leader John Steenhuisen has weighed in on the establishment of a committee to probe allegations of corruption relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Steenhuisen, like many citizens, was left unimpressed by the idea of ministers looking into crimes committed under their rule.
In a scathing post to social media, Steenhuisen called President Cyril Ramaphosa out over the move:
"Mr President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africans are tired of empty gestures and feeble attempts at placating them. They want to see action from you."
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