In a matter of days, the Durban high court will rule on Derek Hanekom’s urgent defamation case against former president Jacob Zuma and will decide, in a potentially landmark decision, whether there is a legal basis to interdict Zuma from calling the former minister an apartheid spy.

The ruling could have a profound affect on Zuma’s future testimony at the Zondo inquiry into state capture, where the former president identified two of his former ministers, Siphiwe Nyanda and Ngoako Ramatlhodi, as suspected agents in a three-decade-old plot against him by foreign and apartheid intelligence agencies...

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