ANC to appeal election poster ruling
The ANC has announced its intention to appeal the recent ruling of the SCA in the Ezulweni matter. The SCA upheld a decision of the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg), which found the party liable for over R100m in damages for a contract for the supply and installation of election banners.
City Press reports that the ANC argues that the SCA did not consider new evidence ‘which has emerged from a forensic report that reveals crucial evidence that makes it plain that there was no authorisation for the transactions in question, and certain implicated individuals misrepresented their positions and authority’.
The party said this raises questions about the SCA's judgment and that it should be given the opportunity to present its case before the Constitutional Court.
It is confident that the higher court will overturn the SCA's decision and uphold its position that it did not authorise the transactions in question.
This follows two previous lower court rulings: the main application by Ezulweni seeking R102 465 000 in 2020, which allowed the KZN-based marketing company to seize assets from the ANC after it refused to pay its hefty debt to the company, and the second appeal in 2022 by the ruling party.
City Press notes that the ANC lost its second appeal attempt on Friday when Ezulweni successfully demonstrated that the financially struggling governing party owed it more than R100m in both the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) and the SCA.
The ANC's appeal was declared unsuccessful with costs by the SCA.
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