ANC granted leave to appeal in SMS case

By Drum Digital
13 April 2014

High court grants ANC leave to appeal a decision that a DA sms about President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead was fair comment

The High Court in Johannesburg on Saturday granted the ANC leave to appeal a decision that a DA sms about President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead was fair comment.

"We believe that this decision is in the interest of upholding the integrity of the electoral process and in the interest of the country as a whole," African National Congress spokesman Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

"The decision further confirms the view of the ANC that another court will reach a different conclusion on this matter."

Last week, acting Judge Mike Hellens dismissed the ANC's application to stop the distribution of the sms, saying it was fair comment.

In the sms, sent to over 1.5 million voters in Gauteng, the DA said: "The Nkandla report shows how Zuma stole your money to build his R246m home. Vote DA on 7 May to beat corruption. Together for change."

On Saturday, Democratic Alliance spokesman Mmusi Maimane also welcomed the decision granting the ANC leave to appeal.

"We are looking forward to telling another court and the South African public why we were justified in saying that Zuma stole people's money..."

SABC acting group CEO Tian Olivier wrote to the DA, informing it that the advert would not be broadcast as it incited violence.

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