Reserve Bank governor slaps ANC's Andile Lungisa with R500k defamation suit

13 August 2019 - 16:44 By Michael Kimberley and Siyamtanda Capa
ANC councillor Andile Lungisa may have to pay dearly for calling Lesetja Kganyago a 'dutiful servant of racialist superiors' and an 'exceptional K****r'. File photo.
ANC councillor Andile Lungisa may have to pay dearly for calling Lesetja Kganyago a 'dutiful servant of racialist superiors' and an 'exceptional K****r'. File photo.
Image: PEGGY NKOMO

The governor of the 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".

HeraldLIVE reported that Kganyago, in court papers delivered to Lungisa on Tuesday, has asked that Lungisa pay him R500,000 in damages.

On June 6, Lungisa tweeted, in response to another Twitter user: “He like many of his ilk, imagines that proximity to the culturally fetid but economically dominant neo-settlers coupled with a few lattes makes him an exceptional k****r”.

This is the tweet that Andile Lungisa posted on June 6. As of Tuesday August 13, it was still on his timeline.
This is the tweet that Andile Lungisa posted on June 6. As of Tuesday August 13, it was still on his timeline.
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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 his client's reputation had been damaged 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.


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