Democratic Alliance (Cape Town)

2 April 2014

South Africa: Nkandla SMS Judgement Reserved

press release

Judgement has been reserved by the Gauteng South High Court today in the ANC's application against the DA's Nkandla SMS.

The DA is satisfied with today's proceedings and the arguments we presented to the court.

The fact is the ANC have come here to argue synonyms and semantics.

The Public Protector has used many words to describe Nkandla: looting, misappropriation, unlawful, maladministration.

The DA argues that any reasonable person who actually read the Nkandla report would conclude that public money was stolen.

Judge Hellens clearly noted that the ANC's lawyers were at pains to argue what the report does not say, but not what the report actually says. In fact the ANC did not refer to the actual content of the Nkandla report at all in their submissions, the judge noted.

The ANC also argued that the Electoral Court curtails freedom of speech in an Election. We argued against this interpretation of the law.

The DA believes that the SMS was fair comment and awaits the High Court's ruling on Friday.

Mmusi Maimane, DA Premier Candidate for Gauteng

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