(File image) Julius Malema. Photo: Dumisani Sibeko

Johannesburg - Suspended African National Congress Youth League chief Julius Malema and three others have to file responding papers by Tuesday in a defamation case filed by Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille in the Cape Town High Court.

Judge Nathan Erasmus ordered Malema, ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, Khayelitsha councillor Andile Lili and the Youth League to file their discovery affidavit by April 24.

This affidavit forms part of a pre-trial process in which both parties could “discover” pertinent facts about evidence and witnesses to build a case.

The defendants had filed only a notice of intention to oppose the case and their plea in response to the summons issued in May 2010.

Erasmus ordered them to supply an address to which documents could be served, as there had been difficulty locating them.

At the time, Erasmus said he could not believe that the sheriff had difficulty getting hold of the respondents as he could have located them himself simply by reading newspapers. - Sapa