Juju wants R1m

Sunday World - - Front Page - By Aubrey Mothombeni moth­ombe­nia@sun­day­

EFF Com­man­der-in-chief de­clares le­gal war against his for­mer party af­ter ra­dio com­ments

EFF leader Julius Malema has filed a defama­tion law­suit against the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) and its sec­re­tary­gen­eral Njab­ulo Nzuza over bribery claims.

Malema, the for­mer ANCYL pres­i­dent, is de­mand­ing a whop­ping R1m and fo rhis po­lit­i­cal ri­val to with­draw the “defam­a­tory” state­ments he made dur­ing an in­ter­view with sus­pended Power FM talk­show host JJ Ta­bane on Au­gust 21.

Ac­cord­ing to court pa­pers filed at the South Gaut­eng High Court this week, Nzuza told Ta­bane and Power FM lis­ten­ers that Malema was al­legedly caught out when he tried to bribe some In­ter­na­tional Union of So­cial­ist Youth (IUSY) of­fi­cials in or­der to se­cure votes for the pres­i­dency of the in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Nzuza, the pa­pers state, al­legedly said Malema did not suc­ceed, but got the youth league ex­pelled from the in­ter­na­tional youth or­gan­i­sa­tion as a re­sult of his al­leged con­duct.

How­ever, it ap­pears that the state­ments did­not sit well with the EFF com­man­der-in-chief, who came out guns blaz­ing against the youth league leader and his for­mer party, de­mand­ing that they should re­tract the “defam­a­tory” state­ments and apol­o­gise pub­licly for them.

He said the state­ments dam­aged his good name and rep­u­ta­tion as a cred­i­ble politi­cian.

As a re­sult of the state­ments, Malema said he suf­fered and con­tin­ues to suf­fer dam­ages to his “good name, rep­u­ta­tion and po­lit­i­cal stand­ing” and is thus de­mand­ing R1m.

He said the amount should be paid by ei­ther Nzuza or the youth league, ar­gu­ing that when he made the state­ments Nzuza was act­ing within the scope and author­ity of his em­ploy­ment by the youth body.

Nzuza told Sun­day World he was not aware of the court ap­pli­ca­tion but con­firmed that he had re­ceived a let­ter of de­mand from the EFF’s le­gal de­part­ment.

How­ever, he said Malema should have sent the let­ter in his per­sonal ca­pac­ity as the mat­ter had noth­ing to do with the EFF.

“He was never sent by the EFF to IUSY and he must face the mat­ter per­son­ally and not hide be­hind the EFF.

“I will not be threat­ened by him,” said Nzuza.

The out­go­ing sec­re­tary­gen­eral said he will only re­ply when Malema comes to him di­rectly as an in­di­vid­ual.

In the af­fi­davit, seen by Sun­day World, Malema says the al­le­ga­tions that he was caught try­ing to bribe cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als at the IUSY “was and is de­void of any truth, false, in­cor­rect, mis­lead­ing, wrong­ful and defam­a­tory” to him.

Juju also said the al­le­ga­tions were meant to paint him as a “cor­rupt and im­moral politi­cian un­suit­able for pub­lic trust in that he re­sorts to un­law­ful and cor­rupt ten­den­cies of bribery in or­der to achieve his po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions of higher of­fice”.

Malema, ac­cord­ing to the pa­pers, fur­ther says that Nzuza’s bribery claims ap­pear to seek to erase what he stands for, es­pe­cially among the young adults, af­ter “study­ing through cor­re­spon­dence and ob­tain­ing a de­gree or ter­tiary qual­i­fi­ca­tion, while his po­lit­i­cal party, the EFF, is the hope of a de­spair­ing nation af­ter the ANC had de­gen­er­ated”.

The pa­pers in­di­cate that the EFF leader, through his party’s le­gal di­vi­sion, also wrote to Nzuza and the youth league or­der­ing them to re­tract the state­ments in writ­ing and to pub­lish a re­trac­tion on other me­dia plat­forms that cov­ered the in­ter­view.

An­other de­mand in the let­ter is that Nzuza must apol­o­gise for his “ma­li­cious, wrong­ful and defam­a­tory state­ments”.

How­ever, Juju’s pa­pers also show that Nzuza and the youth league were not moved by the let­ter of de­mand and never both­ered to re­spond.

“De­spite the de­mand, the first de­fen­dant has re­fused and/or ne­glected or de­clined or omit­ted to abide by the afore­said de­mand,” reads the pa­pers.

He was never sent by EFF to IUSY, he must face the mat­ter per­son­ally and not hide be­hind the EFF

/ Thu­lani Mbele.

EFF leader JuliusMalema is de­mand­ing an apol­ogy from ANCYL sec­re­tary-gen­eral Njab­ulo Nzuza over bribery claims he made to Power FM host JJ Ta­bane.

Njab­ulo Nzuza

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