Trevor Manuel sues EFF over 'baseless claims' of nepotism

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- timeslive.co.za | 2 weeks ago

Former finance minister Trevor Manuel has taken legal action against the EFF and its spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, for accusing him of influencing the appointment of a new boss at Sars.

Ndlozi alleged in March that the process of appointing Edward Kieswetter as the new commissioner of the SA Revenue Service was "corrupt", and accused Manuel of nepotism. The party said it would "do everything in our power to stop and reverse the appointment of Kieswetter as Sars commissioner".

eNCA reported on Thursday evening that Manuel refuted the EFF claims as baseless and wanted the party to be legally compelled to withdraw their statements. Manuel responded in March to the claims by the EFF, demanding they be retracted - "or Mr Ndlozi will have to face legal action".

"I will not be abused by schoolyard bullies," TimesLIVE reported him as saying in an open letter at the time. Manuel stated then: "Whilst they are free to hold their warped political views about a Sars commissioner for whatever reason, they have no right to libellous or racist views.

I am sure that other individuals named in the EFF statement are quite capable of speaking for themselves, I am not intimidated by these bullies to speak on my own behalf.

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