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South Africa: No appeal for Zuma over Hanekom defamation judgment

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The KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg has dismissed former president Zuma’s application to appeal the September 6 judgment which compelled the politician to apologise to Derek Hanekom for calling him a “known enemy agent.”

Zuma and his lawyers insisted that the phrase — which had initially appeared in his tweet — was taken out of context, however, Judge Dhaya Pillay responded such an appeal had no prospects of succeeding in a higher court.

“In the opinion of this court an appeal of judgment would have no reasonable prospects of success before another court,” Pillay noted on Thursday, dismissing the document with costs.

The legal proceeding between the two started after Hanekom, the ANC’s stalwart and former tourism minister, had met with the EFF party to discuss a motion of no confidence in Zuma. After that, the ex-president posted a message on Twitter, in which, according to Hanekom, intentionally equated him with an apartheid spy.

“I am not surprised by @Julius_S_Malema’s revelations about @Derek_Hanekom. This is part of the plan I referred to at the Zondo Commission. @Derek_Hanekom is a well-known agent of the enemy,” the tweet read.

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