Jacob Zuma, the ANC’s former president, who was busy with corruption during his reign, was found guilty in court of naming his former minister, Derek Hanekom.
Zuma allegedly said on the social network that Hanekom was an old spy of the enemy, which led to a court case in which Hanekom claimed R500,000 against Zuma.
The court ruled that Zuma should remove the offended comment on the social network, and he must properly apologize to Hanekom for his false accusation.
His legal representatives filed an appeal on Friday in an effort to set aside the Natal Supreme Court’s finding.
Judge Dhaya Pillay ordered Zuma to apologize to Derek Hanekom within 24 hours and remove the entry on the social network earlier, and is also responsible for the court costs.
Zuma’s lawyers say he did not portray Hanekom as a spy, but only as an agent of the enemy.
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However, Hanekom’s claim for R500,000 will be contained in a second case, and legal experts believe it may be that a reduced amount will be awarded by the court.