Nkandla SMS: DA waiting on ConCourt

The Electoral Court ruled last week that the DA's message was based on false information.

The Constitutional Court in Johannesburg. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday said it is waiting for direction from the Constitutional Court regarding its appeal against a ruling over the Nkandla SMS saga.

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 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 Electoral Court ruled last Tuesday that the message was based on false information.

The ANC had appealed against an earlier court ruling by the High Court in Johannesburg that the SMS was "fair comment" in a country with constitutionally protected freedom of speech.

The DA's James Selfe says the opposition party lodged the appeal last Thursday.

"We are appealing not only against the Electoral C ourt's judgment but also applying for direct access to the Constitutional Court because this particular judgment raises very fundamental issues relating to freedom of speech and freedom of political activity."