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DA's 'Nkandla SMS' heads to SCA

ANC is confident it can convince the Supreme Court of Appeal the wrong law was applied.

ANC is confident it can convince the Supreme Court of Appeal the wrong law was applied. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Both the ANC and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have confirmed that the Supreme Court of Appeal will tomorrow hear new arguments in the case involving the controversial Nkandla SMS.

The ANC has appealed an earlier judgment by the High Court in Johannesburg which ruled in favour of free speech and declared the SMS to be "fair comment".

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe during a press briefing about the Nkandla report. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

The message, which was sent to around 1,5 million accuses President Jacob Zuma of "stealing" from South Africans to build his Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal.

The ANC's Jackson Mthembu says the party is confident it can convince the Bloemfontein court that the wrong law was applied to their complaint.

"The heart of our argument is that the DA's SMS was a false accusation against Zuma."

The DA's Mmusi Maimane disagrees.

"The tough act that the ANC has to do is to set aside Thuli Madonsela's report and direct the Supreme Court of Appeal to say they must limit freedom of speech during an election."

The disputed judgment by acting Judge Mike Hellens became the first time a court considered Madonsela's Nkandla report into how around R246 million was spent.

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