Trevor Manuel wins defamation case against EFF

Trevor Manuel has won his defamation case against the Economic Freedom Fighters on Thursday.

FILE: Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The High Court in Johannesburg ruled that comments made by the EFF about Trevor Manuel were "defamatory and false".

The party made the comments after the panel that Manuel was on recommended the appointment of Edward Kieswetter as the SA Revenue Service commissioner, an appointment which the EFF said was based on nepotism.

Manuel approached the courts after the party refused to apologise.

The High Court has ordered the EFF to apologise to Manuel over the comments.

The red berets have also been ordered to remove statements from all their media platforms and apologise in the next 24 hours.

The EFF in March had claimed that Kieswetter was a relative of Manuel's and the two had a close business relationship but the EFF did not provide evidence to support this.

The court said that their comments about Manuel were defamatory and false.