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ConCourt dismisses Zuma’s bid to overturn Hanekom defamation ruling

The High Court ruled that he defamed ANC veteran Derek Hanekom by calling him a 'known enemy agent'.

Former President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

DURBAN – The Constitutional Court has dismissed former President Jacob Zuma’s court bid to overturn a High Court ruling that he defamed African National Congress (ANC) veteran and former Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom.

Last year, Zuma tweeted that Hanekom was a known enemy agent.

Hanekom has told Eyewitness News that he welcomes the court decision while Zuma’s lawyer, Eric Mabuza, said that the former statesman would comply with the court order.

The Constitutional Court has found that Zuma’s bid to overturn the Durban High Court ruling had no reasonable prospects for success.

Hanekom was pleased by the court order and said that Zuma now had no choice but to comply.

"So there are no more appeals for Mr Zuma and he will now be obliged to carry out the High Court order, which means an apology, which means retracting the original tweet and there will be damages and there will costs that are still to be determined."

Zuma called Hanekom a known enemy agent after it was revealed that the former minister had met with opposition parties to discuss a motion to remove Zuma.

Hanekom, who sued the former statesman for R500,000, had previously said that he would donate the money to Corruption Watch if the former statesman paid.

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