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DA Nkandla SMS: ANC approaching electoral court

The ANC wants an apology from the DA for sending an SMS claiming Jacob Zuma stole money.

FILE: The ANC wants an apology from the DA for sending an SMS claiming Jacob Zuma stole money. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC says it will approach the electoral court this week over the Democratic Alliance's Nkandla SMS.

The ruling party was granted leave to appeal after the High Court in Johannesburg ruled an SMS claiming President Jacob Zuma stole tax payers' money constituted "fair "comment.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found the president improperly benefitted from the R246 million upgrades to his private home in KwaZulu-Natal.

But the ANC wants an apology from the official opposition for sending out an SMS claiming Zuma stole money.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said, "The DA fasley accused the president through that SMS and that was infringement of the electoral act. We will approach the electoral court through our appeal so we want them to retract the SMS and apologise to the ANC and to Zuma."

A 2010 aerial view of Nkandla taken off Google Earth.

The latest aerial view of Nkandla taken in August 2013 which was taken by an aerial mapping company using a hi-tech, high-altitude mapping aircraft.

Meanwhile, former Cabinet member Jay Naidoo said on Friday it's atrocious that the government and ministers have defended the security upgrades to Zuma's private homestead.

EWN Video: ANC versus DA over Nkandla SMS.

Naidoo said he's been inundated with complaints about corruption by ordinary workers on a daily basis, adding the culture of corruption is rife within the public service.

The former Cabinet member added that more needs to be done to protect whistle-blowers.