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ANC appeals DA Nkandla SMS ruling today

This hearing is expected to be a technicality as it’s only a request to be allowed to appeal the ruling.

This hearing is expected to be a technicality as it’s only a request to be allowed to appeal the ruling.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC will this morning ask the High Court in Johannesburg for leave to appeal its ruling that the Democratic Alliance (DA) can send SMSes claiming that President Jacob Zuma stole government money for his Nkandla home.

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

Picture: EWN.

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.

Picture: EWN.

This hearing is expected to be a technicality as it's only a request to be allowed to appeal the ruling.

Thus the ANC only has to prove that another judge could have come to a different decision.

The ruling party says it must appeal this decision because it believes Hellens used defamation law to make his decision when he should have applied the electoral law.

That part of the law doesn't allow political parties to make claims that are not true and thus may mean the DA is now allowed to send out this SMS.

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.

Picture: City Press.

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

Video: ANC and DA in court.