EFF to petition Supreme Court to appeal Manuel's ruling
The Economic Freedom Fighters has lost the application for leave to appeal a defamation ruling brought against them by former finance minister Trevor Manuel.
Manuel sued the party for alleging that he was related to and a business associate to the new Sars Commissioner Edward Kieswetter.
Judge Elias Matojane ordered the EFF to apologise to Manuel as well as pay him R500 000 in general damages.
EFF's secretary-general Godrich Gardee says the party has taken a decision to petition the Supreme Court of Appeal for leave to appeal the judgment.
We are of a view that another high court may reach a different determination on the issue before it.Godrich Gardee, Secretary-general - EFF
We are also of a view that the court erred in the application of the law to the facts and accordingly there are prospects of success in the matter.Godrich Gardee, Secretary-general - EFF
An attorney representing Trevor Manuel, Dario Milo says he believes the EFF's efforts to approach the Supreme Court will also fail.
He says Judge Matojane hit the nail on the head in his ruling.
This is an easy case of defamation because there is a concession by the EFF that it is false, the statement they made about Trevor Manuel is false and they can't justify what their source gave them.Dario Milo, Attorney - Webber Wentzel Bowens
The bottom line is that what they said about my client, which they admit now, was false.Dario Milo, Attorney - Webber Wentzel Bowens
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