D-day looms in Malema defamation case

Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu have until Tuesday to file responding papers.

ANC Youth League Logo. Picture: ancyl.org.za

CAPE TOWN - Suspended ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema and spokesman Floyd Shivambu have until the end of Tuesday to file responding papers in a defamation case against them.

Former Western Cape ANC Youth League leader Andile Lili is the only respondent to have filed documents.

The case dates back to 2010, when they made defamatory remarks about Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.

She is suing them and the ANCYL for R1.4 million.

During and after the 2009 general elections, the trio called Zille a racist little girl and accusing her of having extramarital relations with her all-male cabinet.

Earlier in April, Zille approached the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town to get an order compelling the three to file papers.

Judge Nathan Erasmus granted the order.

Lili has responded and denied the comments were defamatory.

The Premier's lawyers will be able to request a default judgment if the other two respondents do not meet the deadline.

Meanwhile, Shivambu and Malema are also facing other battles after they were suspended from the ANC.

Malema was found guilty of sowing divisions within the ruling party and is currently appealing against his expulsion.

The ANC's National Disciplinary Committee of Appeals (NDCA) will rule on the matter later this week.

At the same time, a youth activist has asked the South African Human Rights Commission to investigate Zille's "refugee" comments.

She came under attack for referring to Eastern Cape students, who come to the province in search of a better education, as "refugees."

On Tuesday, she apologised and said it was never her intention to offend anyone.