Manuel says EFF's defamation appeal lacks merit as matter heads to SCA

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- fin24.com | 2 weeks ago

Trevor Manuel says the Economic Freedom Fighters's appeal of a defamation suit he won in May against the party has no merit and that the damages awarded by the court were appropriate.

 The statements are contained in an answering affidavit filed by Manuel to the Supreme Court of Appeal in response to the EFF application which seeks to overturn the High Court ruling, which ordered it to apologise to Manuel, remove the statement from all of its platforms and pay R500 000 in damages. The former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel hauled the EFF to court in May over the remarks the party made about his involvement in a selection panel that conducted interviews for the appointment of a new SARS commissioner.

 Subscribe to Fin24's newsletter hereThe party took issue with the appointment of Edward Kieswetter, whom they alleged was Manuel’s close business associate and friend.

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