The proceeds of a costs order handed down by the High Court in Johannesburg against former mayor Parks Tau will be donated to an organisation supporting women in need as a result of abuse and other social ills, mayor Herman Mashaba said on Sunday.
On Friday, High Court Judge Willem van der Linde handed down judgment in Mashaba’s application for interdictory relief against Tau, Mashaba said in a statement. “This relief was sought pending the finalisation of a defamation lawsuit against Parks Tau for crude and shameful comments he made alleging I was sexist and anti-black.
In a scathing judgment, Van der Linde held that the comment ‘stretched the boundaries of legitimate political criticism into character assassination’. The High Court declared that the statements made by Tau were defamatory and interdicted the former mayor from repeating them,” Mashaba said.
All other issues relating to relief, including a claim of R2 million, were deferred to the pending action Mashaba instituted for damages for defamation. In another blow to Tau, he was ordered to pay costs for the application, including the costs of two counsel.
“I have decided to donate the proceeds of this costs order to an organisation supporting women in need as a result of abuse and other social ills.