/ 8 February 2011

Malema team applies for appeal reinstatement

Malema Team Applies For Appeal Reinstatement

African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema’s legal team applied to reinstate an appeal in the South Gauteng High Court on Tuesday against a hate speech finding on his “nice time” rape remark.

This was after the Sonke Gender Justice Network secured a hate speech ruling from the Equality Court against him after he said a woman who accused President Jacob Zuma of rape had “a nice time” and had breakfast afterward.

He was to have apologised for the remark and paid R50 000 to the network, but indicated he would appeal the finding.

This was not lodged in the time frames expected by the court and these eventually expired.

Tuesday’s application was to reinstate the appeal process.

The network’s lawyer Chris Todd said that a decision would probably be made known by the court on Wednesday.

During a pre-election campaign in 2009, Malema said: “When a woman didn’t enjoy it, she leaves early in the morning. Those who had a nice time will wait until the sun comes out, request breakfast and ask for taxi money.”

During the Equality Court hearing, it was submitted by Malema’s attorney that Malema was recalling sections of the judgment which acquitted Zuma of the alleged rape.

However, the network said this was incorrect, as Malema’s account was not in accordance with that in the judgment. — Sapa