SARS WARS: Gloves come off in the Manuel vs EFF defamation case

SARS WARS: Gloves come off in the Manuel vs EFF defamation case By Chanel Retief

15.5.2019

SARS WARS: Gloves come off in the Manuel vs EFF defamation case By Chanel Retief

Judgment was reserved after lawyers for former finance minister Trevor Manuel and the Economic Freedom Fighters met in the high court in Johannesburg on Tuesday for the start of Manuel’s defamation case against the political party. Manuel’s lawyers argued that the urgency of the matter stemmed from the fact that it was in the public interest, to which the EFF’s riposte was it could not be that urgent if Manuel himself was not at the proceedings.

Manuel claims that the EFF’s statement was false and defamatory.

He brought the defamation action against the EFF, its leader Julius Malema and party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi after the EFF refused to apologise for its claims.

Manuel’s lawyer, Carol Steinberg, told the court on Tuesday that the EFF had inflicted harm on Manuel’s reputation, hence the case was urgent. She further said that the accusations against her client were extremely serious and continued to have severe consequences on Manuel’s life, because the EFF’s tweet had still not been removed. Steinberg said the reason for the case being brought on an urgent basis had nothing to do with the elections.

Manuel’s lawyers also argued that the case should be heard on an urgent basis as it was in the public interest.

In defence of the claims made by the EFF regarding Kieswetter’s appointment, the EFF argued that the appointment process had been secretive and unlawful.

Ngalwana said that even though the allegations made in the EFF statement might be false, it was not defamatory as the EFF did not make up the claims — rather they were sent as tip-offs via text message.

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