Johannesburg – The high court in Johannesburg on Thursday ordered the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to apologise to former finance minister Trevor Manuel within 24 hours regarding a defamatory statement they issued.
In the written judgment, Judge Elias Matojane concluded Manuel had suffered reputational harm when the EFF issued the statetement disseminated via various media platforms accusing Manuel of nepotism and corruption in influencing the appointment of new SARS commissioner Edward Kieswetter.
“The respondents are ordered to remove the statement, within 24 hours, from all their media platforms, including the first and third respondents’ Twitter accounts,” the judgment said, referring to the twitter accounts of the party and its leader Julius Malema.
“The respondents are ordered, within 24 hours, to publish a notice on all their media platforms, on which the statement had been published, in which they unconditionally retract and apologise for the allegations made about the applicants in the statement.
Manuel was awarded R500 000 in damages.
African News Agency/ANA