DA to keep up the pressure on Zuma over Nkandla

The ConCourt ruled in favour of the DA in the Nkandla SMS debacle.

FILE: The ConCourt ruled in favour of the DA in the Nkandla SMS debacle. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it's still demanding answers over Nkandla and is determined to keep up the pressure on President Jacob Zuma.

On Monday, South Africa's highest court ruled in favour of the party in a legal battle over a controversial SMS sent during the 2014 general elections.

The SMS accused the president of stealing taxpayers' money to pay for his private KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane says the court ruled that the SMS was fair comment.

"That comment is driven by the Public Protector's report, which says that the president unduly benefitted."

But the African National Congress (ANC) has accused the party of publishing false information to mislead voters.

The Constitutional Court was asked to review a decision of the Electoral Court which agreed with the African National Congress (ANC)'s challenge against the text message.

The Constitutional Court has found the SMS sent to over 1 million people by the DA did not violate the electoral code and act.

The court said that the SMS was the opposition party's opinion and not fact and therefore the DA did not break the law by sending the SMS.

The court also found that it was unnecessary to rule on whether the SMS was false and ordered the judgment of the Electoral Court to be set aside with costs.

The DA has described the ruling as an important test for freedom of speech.

The SMS debacle comes as Zuma faces a threat to his State of the Nation Address (Sona) being disrupted over the same issue.