- The EFF has lost their case of defamation against the Former Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel
- Trevor Manuel sued EFF after the political party released a statement that accused him of being corrupt in appointing a new SARS commissioner
- The EFF is requested to send an apology to Trevor Manuel within the next 24 hours
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have lost once again in appealing the case that the party defamed the Former Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel. The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) validated a finding that the EFF defamed the former minister.
Trevor Manuel sued the EFF after the political party released a statement that said he was corrupt in the process of appointing South African Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Edward Kieswetter.
On Thursday morning, the SCA decided that the EFF did not have to pay damages to Manuel but instead had to apologise to him in another court.
The EFF was put on blast for putting out the statement on the basis that they had received it from a secret source.
"The allegations that were made were clearly defamatory and concerned a public figure given the responsibility of interviewing people. That is a very serious allegation," said the Supreme Court of Appeal.
The Supreme Court of Appeal's ruling means that the EFF has exactly 24 hours to remove their defamatory statement on Trevor Manuel.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that the Economic Freedom Fighters opted-out of celebrating yet another holiday. The rest of the nation might be enjoying this public holiday, but the Economic Freedom Fighters have once again come out in fierce opposition against Reconciliation Day.
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was the first to fire shots on Wednesday, adamant that 'justice, not reconciliation' should be the focus in SA.
“You can’t reconcile with someone you were never one with in the first place. We must seek justice, not reconciliation. There can be no reconciliation without the land. On the 16th December, the records show that over 10 000 Zulu warriors died resisting colonial dispossession of land during the Battle of eNcome.”
“Today, in memory of this battle we must repeat the mantra: No Reconciliation without Land!”
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