Trevor Manuel Files Defamation Charges Against JJ Tabane After Failing to Retract Cope Allegations

Trevor Manuel Files Defamation Charges Against JJ Tabane After Failing to Retract Cope Allegations

  • Trevor Manuel has decided to take controversial broadcaster JJ Tabane to court after he refused to take back his Cope comments
  • Tabane came under fire from the former ANC national executive committee (NEC) member following allegations that Manuel played a part in Cope's formation
  • Trevor Manuel demanded that JJ Tabane should retract his statements, but the broadcaster has maintained that he did not defame anyone

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Controversial political commentator JJ Tabane has landed in hot water once again. Tabane could see himself appearing before the court of law after refusing to retract his statement on former cabinet minister Trevor Manuel.

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Trevor Manuel has threatened to take JJ Tabane to court after refusing to take back his words. Image: Getty Images
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The broadcaster accused Manuel of playing a pivotal role in the formation of Cope. He made these allegations on the popular podcast Hustler's Corner.

According to News24, Manuel gave Tabane an ultimatum to retract his malicious allegations or face going to prison. Per the outlet, Tabane was given until the end of business on Wednesday, 11 May to take back his words or face the consequences. He said:

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"If Tabane refuses to retract, the only means I have to make him retract is to take the legal route."

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Tabane is sticking to his word and will not retract TimesLIVE reports. Instead, the controversial media personality who never shies away from controversy said he is ready to face Manuel in the court of law. He said:

“I stand by that answer and have no intention of withdrawing it or making any apology as demanded by you. If you choose to take legal action, I will defend it vigorously.”

Social media has been awash with mixed reactions. South Africans have shared mixed reactions to the ongoing feud.

@SpheDludla said:

"JJ Tabane has until 5 pm to apologise to Trevor Manuel for claiming that he was part of the people that formed COPE. I wouldn't even wait for 5 pm if I were JJ. I'd apologise promptly on all my social media platforms. Trevor has a war chest the size of a provincial budget."

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@McBills89 commented:

"People who believe Ace and Zuma helped in the formation of ATM want JJ Tabane to show proof that Trevor Manual formed COPE. Bloody Hypocrites."

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