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Electoral Court to hear DA sms appeal

Crime & Courts

Bloemfontein - The Electoral Court will hear argument on Friday in an appeal against a ruling that a DA sms about President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead was fair comment.

An court official confirmed the hearing would take place at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein at 10am on Friday.

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547 02.04.2014 DA supporters sings and chant slogans outside the South Gauteng high court after their representatives went inside the court. ANC laid chargers against DA after they send sms’es about Zuma eating the public money. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng

The High Court in Johannesburg granted the African National Congress leave to appeal against its decision on the Democratic Alliance's sms on April 12.

Acting Judge Mike Hellens dismissed the ANC's application to stop the distribution of the sms, saying it was fair comment.

In the sms, sent to over 1.5 million voters in Gauteng, the DA said: “The Nkandla report shows how Zuma stole your money to build his R246m home.”

The sms followed findings by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela that Zuma and his family unduly benefited from R246 million in security upgrades to his KwaZulu-Natal residence.

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