In recent times the ANC has revealed itself to be quick to react to perceived slander of President Jacob Zuma – be it in the form of The Spear, op-ed columns like that authored by Max du Preez, or campaigning messages put out by the opposition. On Monday, the Constitutional Court backed the DA’s right to send SMSes drawing attention to Zuma’s use of public funds to build Nkandla, while also producing three interesting judgments.
“The Nkandla report shows how Zuma stole your money for his R246 million home.”
Those are the 14 words which have been the subject of a legal battle between the DA and the ANC for the best part of a year.
They appeared in an SMS sent by the DA to voters in Gauteng in March 2014, during the build-up to the general elections in early May, directly after the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela had released her report into the building of President Zuma’s private home.
“Vote DA on 7 May to beat corruption,” the SMS continued. “Together for change.”
The ANC called the SMS a “deliberate lie”, and approached the Johannesburg High Court in April for an urgent application to prevent…
Source : Daily Maverick