The media’s rules don’t apply to us, EFF declares


The media’s rules don’t apply to us, EFF declares

The party's R500,000 defamation battle over comments aimed at Trevor Manuel plays out in court

Franny Rabkin

The EFF should not have to verify information it publishes on Twitter in the same way the media does, the party told the Supreme Court of Appeal on Monday.

The EFF was applying to an appeal against the Johannesburg high court order that declared the party had defamed former finance minister Trevor Manual when it said in March 2019 that SA Revenue Service commissioner Edward Kieswetter had been appointed through corruption and nepotism.

The EFF statement, which leader Julius Malema retweeted, falsely claimed that Manuel, the chair of the panel that interviewed candidates, was a relative and close business associate of Kieswetter...

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