Hanekom to sue Zuma

Staff Writer | Aug 14, 2019
The former president tweeted that Hanekom was an ‘enemy agent’.

Former Cabinet Minister Derek Hanekom is suing his old boss, Jacob Zuma, for calling him an ‘enemy agent’ on the social media site, Twitter.

At the end of July, Zuma had tweeted that he was not surprised that Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), had alleged that his party had met Hanekom to discuss a motion of no confidence in the National Assembly against the former president.

Hanekom is suing Zuma for R500 000 and wants the courts to order Zuma to delete the tweet, as well as post another tweet apologising and withdrawing the allegation. He also wants Zuma to be interdicted from publishing any other statement that says or implies that Hanekom is or was an ‘enemy agent’ or ‘apartheid spy’.

Hanekom said that the tweet had caused ‘immense damage and harm’ to his reputation.

Hanekom is not the only former colleague of Zuma’s to be accused of having been a spy for the former regime. Zuma also claimed that former minister of mineral resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi was an apartheid spy who had been recruited in Lesotho. Ramatlhodi challenged Zuma to take a lie detector test following the allegation.

Siphiwe Nyanda, another former cabinet minister under Zuma, was also accused of being an apartheid spy. He is reportedly also considering legal action.

The case is set for later this month, where Zuma will have to provide proof of his allegations.


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