The DA was not at fault when it sent an SMS to more than 1.5 million potential voters claiming that President Jacob Zuma “stole your money to build his R246-million home”.
This was the majority ruling by the Constitutional Court yesterday, when it upheld an appeal by the party against an Electoral Court ruling that the SMS it sent out a few weeks before last year’s May 7 election was “false and inaccurate”.
The SMS read: “The Nkandla report shows how Zuma stole your money to build his R246-m home. Vote DA on 7 May to beat corruption. Together for change.”
It referred to the report of public protector Thuli Madonsela into the security upgrades at Zuma’s Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal.
Madonsela said that Zuma must pay back a portion of the money spent on renovations that she found were not for security reasons.
– Nomahlubi Jordaan
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