Gordhan throws counter-punch, says EFF charges are based on lies

Gordhan’s lawyer Tebogo Malatji had on Monday said statements made about the minister to EFF supporters, outside the Parktown building in Johannesburg where the commission hearings are being held, “were hurtful‚ intended to incite hatred, and constituted hate speech”.

Gordhan had filed a complaint of crimen injuria and criminal defamation  and asked the police to investigate any incitement to violence contained in the speech by Malema.

He had also laid a complaint at the Equality Court, seeking an apology from Malema and Shivambu, and damages of R150,000 which, his lawyer said, would be donated to charitable causes if granted.

“The disinformation campaign by Malema, Shivambu and the EFF, the public attacks on minister Gordhan, his family, the threats and attacks on journalists, the Zondo commission of inquiry and anyone fighting or exposing corruption, are signs of a dangerous descent towards populism, political intolerance, racism and an assault on our democracy,” said the statement.

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