ANC, DA await Nkandla SMS judgment

The Supreme Court of Appeal is expected to take several days to deliver its judgment.

FILE: ANC’s Jackson Mthembu outside the high court in Johannesburg. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Supreme Court of Appeal is expected to take several days to deliver judgment in the case involving the Democratic Alliance's controversial Nkandla SMS.

Three Bloemfontein judges on Friday heard arguments from the ANC and the DA about a text message which accuses President Jacob Zuma of stealing.

The SMS relates to the R250 million upgrades at Zuma's private Nkandla home.

The ANC claims the DA falsely accused the president and violated the Electoral Act by trying to affect the outcome of the upcoming election.

But the DA argues the SMS is "fair comment" and is opinion rather than fact which is protected by the country's right to freedom of speech.

The ANC's Jackson Mthembu says the verdict should not take long.

"They understand the urgency of the matter and I think they will do it much quicker than all of us might expect."

Meanwhile, electioneering has intensified as the election date looms.

South Africa goes to the polls on 7 May.