Reserve bank governor Lesetja Kganyago sues ANC's Andile Lungisa
Governor of the South African Reserve Bank Lesetja Kganyago is suing Nelson Mandela Bay ANC councillor Andile Lungisa for defamation of character.
This after Lungisa took to twitter and called Kganyago a “dutiful servant of racialist superiors” and an "exceptional k****r".
Kganyago in court papers delivered to Lungisa on Tuesday has asked that Lungisa pay him R500 000 in damages.
On June 6, Lungisa tweeted: “He like many of his ilk, imagines that proximityto the culturally fetid but economically dominant neo-settlers coupled with a few lattes makes him an exceptional k****r”.
Lungisa made the statement during a debate on the nationalisation of the reserve bank where Kganyago described attacks on the central bank as the arrival of the "barbarians at the gate of SARB".
Kyanyago’s attorney wrote that Kganyago had been damaged in his reputation and had suffered damages to the tune of R500 000.
On Tuesday, Lungisa said the move by Kganyago was an attack and that he would challenge it.
Lungisa said: "We were called barbarians at the gate. We are going to challenge this.
"There is no other way, the revolution must be defended at all cost."
"Lesetja [Kganyago] called us barbarians at the gate but today he takes refuge in our cause when we return insults with fact.
"I have simply returned insults with facts," Lungisa said.
“Logically, a black person can’t be racist.
“This does not qualify to be the K-word, it can’t be in that category,” Lungisa said.
He tweeted later: “Needless to say, I will not be paying.
“This is an extortion racket designed to silence those that oppose the marginalisation of our society by an arrogant settler minority.
“Lesetje [Lesetja] and Jamnandas [Jamnadas] of this world believe that freedom of speech is for the settlers and their errand boys.”
Jamnadas is the middle name of public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan.
The court papers state that the two tweets were widely read because Lungisa had more than 20,000 followers.
“The publication of the first and second statements was wrongful and the statements per se defamatory of [Kganyago],” the papers read.
Outlining the reasoning for the damages, the claim said the tweets intended to mean that:
● Kganyago was a lackey for racist people;
● He did the bidding for racist people;
● Kganyago belittled himself to be accepted by racist and supremacist people; and
● He did not care about the poor living conditions of millions of black people.
The tweets were read by people outside of South Africa, with numerous comments made by Lungisa’s followers, according to the claim.
“Notwithstanding demand, [Lungisa] has failed to unconditionally and irrevocably withdraw his statements, issue a written apology to [Kganyago] on Twitter and any other social media platform for his conduct.
“As a result of the injury and impairment to his dignity, [