ANC slams 'defiant' DA over Nkandla SMS

The ruling party says it is "shocked and dismayed" that the official opposition hasn’t apologised.

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. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC on Wednesday released an angry statement accusing the Democratic Alliance (DA) of being defiant and in contempt of court following a ruling relating to the controversial Nkandla SMS.

The ruling party says it is "shocked and dismayed" that the official opposition hasn't sent out an apology.

The message, which was sent to around 1,5 million South Africans, labelled President Jacob Zuma a thief following Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's damning Nkandla report.

The protector found the president unduly benefitted from the nearly R250 million upgrades to his private KwaZulu-Natal home and violated the executive ethics code.

The High Court in Johannesburg ruled in the DA's favour, finding the SMS was in fact "fair comment" in a country with constitutionally protected freedom of speech.

But the decision was overturned on Tuesday.

The DA has indicated that it plans to appeal the latest judgement in the Constitutional Court.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza says, "The ANC is convinced that the DA is defiant and that it has adopted an attitude of defying the Electoral Court."

Speaking on The Midday Report, then DA's James Selfe and ANC's Jackson Mthembu discussed the scandal.

Selfe said the party didn't think it was wrong and stood by what Judge Mike Hellens ruled.