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Court slams Parks Tau for defaming Herman Mashaba

Herman Mashaba brought a lawsuit against Parks Tau for what has been described as the "crude and shameful comments" he made alleging Mashaba was sexist and anti-black.

FILE: Former Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba laid charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering against former MMC of Finance Geoff Makhubo and former mayor Parks Tau, at Johannesburg Central police station. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former Joburg mayor Parks Tau has been slammed by the South Gauteng High Court for defaming current mayor Herman Mashaba.

Mashaba brought a lawsuit against Tau for what has been described as the "crude and shameful comments" he
made alleging Mashaba was sexist and anti-black.

Judge Van der Linde ruled Tau's comments "stretched the boundaries of legitimate political criticism into character assassination".

Tau made the remarks at the funeral of late African National Congress councillor Nonhlanhla Mthembu back in 2016.

Mashaba’s spokesperson Luyanda Mfeka says Tau has also been interdicted from repeating his comments.

The court has ordered Tau to pay for the legal costs. Mashaba says he will donate these funds to charity.