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EFF files appeal against courts defamation ruling

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have filed an appeal against the high court following a ruling to pay damages to former finance minister Trevor Manuel.

On Thursday the Johannesburg High Court ruled that the EFF must apologise, remove all related comments from the social platforms and pay R500,000 damages to Manuel for defamation of character after accusing Manuel of nepotism and corruption.

The comments came after the appointment of the new SA Revenue Services commissioner Edward Kieswetter whom Manuel says he only interviewed. He is in no way related to, nor did he have any final say in the final decision of the appointment.

The EFF are appealing the decision as the party say the comments are freedom of expression which is their Constitutional right and by claiming it to be defamation is unconstitutional.