Zille welcomes High Court ruling over Malema

The Western Cape High Court ruling handed down yesterday confirmed a retraction and apology by the ANC Youth League, Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu for various defamatory statements made by them during 2009.

Helen Zille, the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) issued summonses following statements made during 2009 by the ANC Youth League, Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu, after she had requested them to apologise and they had failed to do so. In the settlement reached between the parties, the following terms have been agreed to and are now an order of court:

  • The ANC Youth League, Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu unreservedly apologise for the defamatory statements made by them.
  • The ANC Youth League, Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu unequivocally retract the defamatory statements.
  • The ANC Youth League, Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu are jointly and severally liable to pay Zille’s taxed legal costs.

“These court orders are a victory for constitutional democracy and the norms that the law sets out in terms of defamation.” said Zille.

“There is no room for unfounded defamatory statements in our society and this ruling upholds that in clear and strong terms. Politics must be about issues, not gratuitous and baseless insults.”

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One Response to “Zille welcomes High Court ruling over Malema”

  1. Paul Pezarro Says:

    Well done!

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