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Manuel can’t COPE with Tabane’s allegations

Another podcast, another lawsuit: it may as well become a proverb. 

Former finance minister and ANC veteran Trevor Manuel has become the latest to take legal action because of statements made on a podcast. Manuel yesterday filed an urgent interdict in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria against media personality JJ Tabane to stop him from claiming that Manuel was among those who helped form ANC breakaway party, the Congress of the People (Cope – remember them?). Tabane made the allegation on Hustlers Corner SA, a podcast hosted by Sbusiso Leope – you’ll know him as DJ Sbu. Leope is listed as the second respondent in Manuel’s application, News24 reported. Manuel, who was both finance minister and a member of the ANC’s national executive committee when Cope was founded in 2008, wants an apology and R100 000 in damages.  

In the affidavit accompanying his application, Manuel said that he had never been nor ever wished to be a member of Cope. The court bid is Manuel making good on his word: last week he gave Tabane 24 hours to retract the “falsehoods” from the podcast, which was also aired as a video on YouTube last month and said he would take legal action if this didn’t happen. It remains to be seen whether Tabane will fight back in court … Maybe he’ll double down and start his own podcast. 👀