Shivambu files papers in Equality Court

2011-04-13 14:14

Johannesburg - ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu has filed papers with the Equality Court in response to a hate speech lawsuit brought against him by Independent Newspapers journalist Carien Du Plessis.

This was in response to a court case that started in the Equality Court last Tuesday in which Shivambu, is accused of hate speech for allegedly calling Du Plessis "stupid" and a "white bitch" in text messages.

The Equality Court last week postponed the matter, setting April 13 as the date for Shivambu's lawyers to file papers in response to the allegations.

The complaint dates back to May 18, 2010.

Du Plessis alleged that in an SMS exchange between herself and Shivambu, he wrote: "You must learn to respect people. I don't comment on YCL [Young Communist League] issues and please stop being stupid."

Personal attack

He also allegedly wrote: "I wouldn't want to earn respect from white bitches... so dream on." The ANCYL launched a public personal attack on Du Plessis last week.

In an e-mail to the entire media lists of the youth league and the African National Congress, Du Plessis was described as a liar with "tendencies", without saying what "tendencies" it meant.

Another ANCYL spokesperson, Magdalene Moonsamy, e-mailed the statement about Du Plessis to media houses.

"The ANCYL is aware that such allegations are lies and false and confirmed that at no stage has Cde Floyd Shivambu sent her such text messages. Those who know Carien Du Plessis will be aware of her tendencies and that the allegations that she apportions to Cde Floyd are indeed false and will soon be exposed," said Moonsamy.

The ANCYL said the case against Shivambu was "once again agitation through the media to spread lies against the leadership of the ANCYL".

Moonsamy, at the end of the statement about Du Plessis, adds: "We are aware that the case is sub judice and that facts will be presented to the Equality Court and hence, the ANCYL will not entertain the issue further until it [is] before the Equality Court."

No comment

Du Plessis referred all queries to her lawyer Okyerebea Ampofo-Anti, who said her client declined to comment on a public personal attack launched against her by the ANCYL.

"My client prefers not to comment on the content of the media statement issued by the ANCYL or the appropriateness of issuing such a statement.

"She stands by her complaint and looks forward to having the merits of the case decided in the appropriate forum, which is the Equality Court," she said.

Du Plessis wants an order declaring that the labels allegedly applied to her by Shivambu constituted hate speech, an order requiring him to issue an unconditional written apology, payment of R100 000 damages and the costs of the suit.

- SAPA
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