Former ANC national executive committee (NEC) member Trevor Manuel is considering taking legal action against controversial media personality JJ Tabane after he refused to retract claims that Manuel had a hand in the formation of Cope.

Manuel reportedly told News24 yesterday that Tabane had confirmed that he had received his letter and that he was indeed interviewed on the podcast Hustler's Corner.

‘If he (Tabane) is refusing to retract, the only means I have to make him retract is to take the legal route,’ he said.

He added that he had set the litigation in motion on Thursday morning, and his legal team was working through what charges to bring against Tabane.

While it was unclear what charges would be brought against Tabane, who does not shy away from controversy, Manuel said one thing was certain, that he would win if the matter went to litigation.

'I know that I can't lose this litigation if it comes to that, and if I can't lose, it means JJ (Tabane) will lose, and then someone will have to pay for the litigation, so I don’t understand why he is taking this route.’

The former ANC NEC member was adamant that he had no part in the formation of Cope.

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