EFF’s R1m war with ex-MP is far from over

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EFF’s R1m war with ex-MP is far from over

Now Supreme Court of Appeal will rule on case that started with a Facebook post about accepting a VBS donation

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The fight between the EFF and its former MP, Thembinkosi Rawula, is far from over after the party was given the right to appeal its failed R1m defamation suit against the now-resigned party member.

In 2018, Rawula took to Facebook in a post in which he claimed the party’s leaders, Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu, were involved in financial mismanagement and had accepted a donation from the controversial, now-defunct VBS Mutual Bank. While the immediate reaction from the EFF was to say Rawula’s post was not true, it added the post was written because Rawula had been excluded from a list of candidates representing the party in parliament.

In May 2019, the EFF took Rawula to the Port Elizabeth High Court on charges of defamation, asking the court to grant R1m in damages, as well as to interdict Rawula from continuing with his alleged social media misconduct...

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