AfriForum said that it was suing Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi for defamation.

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Lobby group AfriForum said that it was suing Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi for defamation.

This stems from allegations that Lesufi made last year that the organisation was trying to assassinate him.

AfriForum has tried and failed in its several attempts to remove the MEC from his position, accusing him of dividing communities and mismanaging his department.

AfriForum's Kallie Kriel said that they were left with no choice but to take legal action, claiming that Lesufi had failed to retract his allegations.

"Mr Lesufi told the world of a so-called conspiracy where AfriForum wants to assassinate him and that is of course not true. We gave him an opportunity to retract his statement, he was unable to do so, so now we are suing him to get an apology."

 

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The legal action revolves around comments where Lesufi claimed in November last year that AfriForum has been following him, his children, and had been trying to assassinate him.


AfriForum has filed papers in its defamation suit against Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi following his televised claim in November that they were trying to “assassinate” him.

AfriForum threatened to sue Lesufi over the claims last year, and filed papers this week.

In a tweet on Saturday morning, Lesufi implied the court papers were prompted by his comments about Orania. Earlier this week, at a ceremony honouring late struggle stalwart Harry Gwala, Lesufi reportedly called for an end to the Afrikaner enclave, as it was neither a symbol of inclusivity nor democracy, according to TimesLive.

Posting a picture of the court papers, a copy of which News24 has in its possession, Lesufi tweeted: “My sin was to speak against #Orania like other previous attempts, this one will also fail. I hate racism with a passion but I am addicted to non-racialism.”

However, AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel told News24 that the case was filed before Lesufi’s comments about Orania.

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Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said that he was prepared to face AfriForum in court after the lobby group filed for a defamation suit against him.

AfriForum is seeking legal action following claims by the MEC of an alleged assassination plot against him last year.

Lesufi has implied that the organisation is attempting to silence him following his recent remarks on Orania, an Afrikaner exclusive town in the Northern Cape.

 

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Lesufi has a special hatred towards whites, then hides behind non-racialism. Successfully. He waves hello with the left hand while holding a machete in his right hand, behind his back.
Except he will struggle to hide behind that in a court of law if he did say what afriforum claim he did....
 

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Except he will struggle to hide behind that in a court of law if he did say what afriforum claim he did....
Well, depends who the "judge" is. I think judge Jody Kollapen say, may well find in Lesufi's favour, regardless of the law. Lesifi sees Malema et al saying pretty much what they like about whites without any real sanction and feels he can or must match them.
 

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Except he will struggle to hide behind that in a court of law if he did say what afriforum claim he did....
That won't be hard as he made the comments at a media briefing and they were broadcast.
His orania claims are also bs as the court record will show papers were filed before he made the orania comments.
 

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Well, depends who the "judge" is. I think judge Jody Kollapen say, may well find in Lesufi's favour, regardless of the law. Lesifi sees Malema et al saying pretty much what they like about whites without any real sanction and feels he can or must match them.
This is a possibility, notable with cases now heard by the high court and pending which individuals are presiding. Matters still needs to be pushed to the ConCourt and the OP does merit constitutional principles.
 

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Probably.... The sad thing is that in most organisations the cream goes to the top, but sadly not in the ANC.
Well, Panyaza is the cream, whether you want to admit it or not, his record speaks for itself, that's why the right wingers are after him.
 

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Well, Panyaza is the cream, whether you want to admit it or not, his record speaks for itself, that's why the right wingers are after him.
Like many others, I am very intrigued as to this record you speak of.
 
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