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farming thumb medium80 84News24 reports that Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip has been awarded R250,000 in a defamation case against an old friend who turned on him and posted on Facebook that he had been inhumane to his former farmworkers.  

The judgment was handed down in the Eastern Cape High Court in Makhanda on Tuesday.  Trollip had claimed R6m in damages as a result of the publication on social media, and later in print media, of claims by former DA member Knight Mali.  These included allegations that the former mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality had underpaid farmworkers, robbed them of their cattle and exploited them.  Mali also claimed that Trollip was a "brutal" man who had committed atrocities against four farmworkers.  Trollip submitted that the claims were false and went about proving this by bringing a wage book to court to prove that he had not been paying workers R80 a month in 2005 when the farm was sold.  He also named numerous ways that he assisted the farmworkers while still at the farm.  "The contents of the publications were blatant untruths and the publication thereof was neither justifiable nor reasonable," ruled Acting Judge Silindile Toni, who also dismissed Mali's counter defamation claims.

Read the full original of Jenni Evans’ detailed report on this story at News24

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