Zuma “thief” SMS case ruled in DA’s favour


The Constitutional Court has found that the Democratic Alliance (DA) was within its rights after sending out a text message accusing President Jacob Zuma of stealing money.

According to various sources, the Court dismissed the claim brought forth by the African National Congress (ANC), that the SMS alluded to a false statement, saying it found the message to be fair.

Shortly before last year’s elections, the ANC lodged a complaint to the Electoral Court accusing the DA of publishing fabricated claims after it had send out a SMS to 1.5-million voters in Gauteng which stated that “The Nkandla report shows how Zuma stole your money to build his R246m home. Vote DA on 7 May to beat corruption. Together for change.”

The message came shortly after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report, Secure in Comfort, which discovered that Zuma had unduly benefitted from the R246-million security upgrades at his private Nkandla residence.


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