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After many delays, Trollip defamation case set to be heard by the courts

Jan 31, 2018
After many delays, Trollip defamation case set to be heard by the courts

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape says it stands in full support of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, in his court battle against DA activist, Nonthutuzelo Jack.

In the run up to the 2016 Local Government Elections, Jack told a local paper that Trollip had tried to bribe her to 'dig up dirt' on former DA Eastern Cape Provincial Chairperson, Veliswa Mvenya. The newspaper’s front page headline read 'Trollip trips over bribe claim'.

"This headline and the affidavit under oath to the Party for purposes of an internal investigation are seriously defamatory and injurious to Mayor Trollip’s good name, reputation and public standing," said Mlindi Nhanha - DA Eastern Cape Provincial Spokesperson.

"These allegations resulted in charges of crimen injuria and perjury being laid against Ms Jack by Mayor Trollip."

The case, after many delays, was finally placed on the court roll on Tuesday and the plaintiff, defendant and witnesses were all subpoenaed to appear in court.

"Just before the court was to consider the matter, it appears Ms Jack, for the fourth time 'fired' her legal aid representative.

"The Magistrate then ruled that Ms Jack must hire a private attorney at her own cost and have the attorney appear in court on Tuesday at 14:00 to advise that he is defending Ms Jack," Nhanha said.

"The Magistrate ruled that failure to meet these conditions would result in a warrant of arrest being issued and that she will in future have to represent herself.

"This is not the outcome we anticipated, as all we want is for the truth to emerge about these outrageous and fictitious allegations against Mayor Trollip.

"We or however pleased that the Court made a ruling on these delaying tactics, that serve only to delay justice prevailing."