Jacob Zuma was again beaten in court.
This time, the Bloemfontein Court of Appeal dismissed his application to appeal in the case he lost last year against former Minister Derek Hanekom.
Zuma appealed directly to the appeals court after the Pietermaritzburg High Court in November last year also dismissed his application for appeal against this court’s decision in his case against Hanekom.
The former tourism minister claimed R500 000 from Zuma after accusing him of being a “known enemy of the enemy” in a tweet.
Judge Dhaya Pillay also ruled that Zuma should pay damages to his former minister.
In its latest ruling, the Court of Appeal also directed the former president to apologize to Hanekom.
The court says he rejects the application because Zuma does not have a reasonable chance of success and there is no other necessity why the case should be heard.
Zuma is due to return to the Pietermaritzburg High Court on June 23, where he faces 16 charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering.
He recently withdrew his application to the Constitutional Court to dismiss this case.