ANC granted leave to appeal SMS ruling

The ANC on Saturday filed its application to appeal after the ruling was handed down earlier this month.

The Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC has been granted leave to appeal the high court ruling regarding an SMS sent out by the Democratic Alliance (DA) accusing President Jacob Zuma of stealing tax payers' money when government made security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

The High Court in Johannesburg handed down the ruling earlier this month but the ANC on Saturday filed its application to appeal.

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Spokesman Jackson Mthembu says today is a victory for free and fair elections.

The ruling party is adamant Zuma never stole the public's money.

"We're excited because this is a victory for free and fair elections. We still maintain that the president never stole any money. The public protector's report never anywhere mentions that the president stole any money."

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Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Zuma " improperly benefited" from measures implemented "in the name of security".

Last week, acting Judge Mike Hellens ruled against the ANC's application to stop the opposition party from sending the SMS, saying evidence showed Zuma did benefit from money spent by government.

Meanwhile, The Congress of the People (Cope) on Friday said it won't take part in Parliament's ad-hoc committee established to consider Madonsela's Nkandla report.

National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu on Wednesday announced that a 12-member multi-party body will investigate Zuma's response to the damning report and make recommendations where necessary.

The committee will consist of seven ANC members and five members from opposition parties.

But Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota said the party doesn't want to get involved.

The DA wants the body to investigate and decide whether Zuma should be removed from office.

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But the ANC says the committee's mandate doesn't allow for that.

Video: ANC and DA in court.