The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has lost an appeal bid against a defamation case brought against them by former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel.

The High Court in Johannesburg has dismissed an application by the EFF for leave to appeal a defamation ruling in May – in which Judge Elias Matojane ordered the EFF to apologise to Manuel.

This after Manuel sued the party for alleging that he was a business associate of and related to new SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter.

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