Trevor Manuel made to wait for R500 000 damages in EFF court battle

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The Supreme Court has dismissed the EFF’s appeal against a high court judgement that it’s leadership defamed former finance minister Trevor Manuel. 

The matter, dating back to March 2019, is centred around claims that Manuel was biased in the appointment of Edward Kieswetter as South African Revenue Services (Sars) commissioner. A court ruling has since deemed these claims by the EFF as false.

However, according to reports Manuel will have to wait for his damages payout, after the Supreme Court of Appeal today overturned the awarding of damages to the former minister. The matter of R 500 000 in damages has been referred back to the trial court for reconsideration.

An EWN article states that Manuel sued the EFF, leader Julius Malema and Member of Parliament Mbuyiseni Ndlozi for calling him a “dodgy character” and accusing him of corruption and nepotism.

The party made the comments after Manuel recommended the appointment of Kieswetter, which the EFF said was biased and based on nepotism.

In a court ruling last year, the EFF were ordered to remove all statements from media platforms and apologise to Manuel.