The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it will not remove statements from all their media platforms nor apologise to former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel – despite a South Gauteng High Court ruling to this effect.
The Court ruled that the EFF has to pay R500 000 in damages to Manuel over a defamatory tweet published in March.
The court found comments made by the EFF about Manuel were “defamatory and false”.
However, the EFF has instructed its attorneys to appeal the judgment – which ordered the party to apologise to Manuel.
EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu says, “Once we appeal the judgment of the court, that judgment is set aside until a different court has reached a different conclusion. So whatever the court has said doesn’t hold water until there’s been a different finding.”
“In an instance of the public protector [Busisiwe Mkhwebane] rulings and findings, it’s a different regime and disappears all together. In our case when we appeal the findings of the court are set aside and meaningless,” explains Shivambu.
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— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) May 30, 2019