Former president Jacob Zuma’s lawyers say in an application for leave to appeal against the high court order barring him from accusing former minister Derek Hanekom of being a “known enemy agent” or “apartheid spy” that this amounts to “an unconstitutional banning” of Zuma’s right to free speech.

They say this will have a “chilling effect” on his obligations to testify before the Zondo inquiry into state capture, strongly suggesting that the former president intends using Hanekom’s successful legal action against him as a basis to not return to testify at the commission.

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