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Sentencing expected in Athol Trollip defamation case after court finds Jack guilty

Oct 4, 2018
Sentencing expected in Athol Trollip defamation case after court finds Jack guilty

Sentencing is expected on Thursday in the case of a former Democratic Alliance (DA) activist, Nontuthuzelo Jack, who was found guilty of  crimen injuria after she claimed that former Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, paid her a bribe so that she can dig up dirt on his then political rival, Mveliswa Mveya, who was the DA's Eastern Cape chairperson.

The Port Elizabeth High Court last week found that Jack's allegations in 2016 that Athol Trollip had offered her a bribe to “dig up dirt” on Mvenya, which were published in a local newspaper were false and Trollip was indeed in Port Alfred during the time he is supposed to have met with Jack in Port Elizabeth for the bribe.

Mvenya has since left the DA.

Last week, the Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape on Friday said that it welcomes the judgement handed down in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court "exposing the nefarious political conspiracy" against Trollip during the 2016 local government elections.

"Today, the Magistrate tore into Ms Jack and ripped apart her testimony," said  Mlindi Nhanha - DA Eastern Cape Provincial Spokesperson.

"At the time these false claims were immediately denied and Mr Trollip proceeded to lay a charge of crimen injuria against Ms Jack. After repeated ducking, diving and obfuscating, Ms Jack has been exposed as a liar.

"It is of particular concern that former DA Chairperson in the Eastern Cape, Ms Mvenya, testified against Mr Trollip in this case. Her credibility has been dealt a decisive blow today. The judgment today has exposed this political conspiracy in which she and Ms Mvenya appears to have been complicit."

Athol Trollip vindicated by judgment in Jack case

Nhanha said that it is clear that this was malicious smear campaign intended to derail the DA and Mr Trollip’s Mayoral Campaign in 2016.

"The interest shown in this case by Cllr Mongameli Bobani and Lawrence Troon and there attendance in court also lends credence to this assertion," he described.

"Mr Trollip still has a civil case pending against Mr Knight Mali in the Grahamstown High Court.

"Troon earlier apologised unconditionally for his defamatory statements levelled against Mr Trollip in the past."

Nhanha said that Trollip has been vindicated and his reputation and character restored by this judgement.

"The DA in the Eastern Cape remains steadfast behind its Federal Chairperson and is looking forward to the Knight Mali case in the Grahamstown High Court."

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