In his latest statement he singled out Pillay, saying it was “curious” that she was included on the bench given her “historical hostility and insults against me”.
He said she had insulted him by “insinuating in a judgment that I am ‘a wedge driver with a poisonous tongue’.”
This was a reference to a defamation case brought by fellow ANC leader Derek Hanekom.
In her judgment, in which she found in favour of Hanekom, Pillay opens with a quote by former ANC president Oliver Tambo at the ANC’s 1969 consultative congress in Morogoro, Tanzania: “Be vigilant, comrades. The enemy is vigilant. Beware the wedge driver. Men who creep from ear to ear, driving wedges among us; who go around creating splits and divisions. Beware the wedge driver. Watch his poisonous tongue.”
Later in the judgment, Pillay said: “The litigants finger each other as wedge drivers. This calls for a value judgment best left to the political party to which they belong. As the ANC adopted the concept of wedge drivers, it would know best how to apply it.”
Zuma also accused her of saying that he had damaged the reputation of the ANC.
The quote comes from the same judgment — from a paragraph where she is setting out an argument that was made by Hanekom. However, the latest statement is not before the Constitutional Court as evidence. Judgment was reserved.