Minister’s lawyers hit with personal cost order

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Minister’s lawyers hit with personal cost order

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A law firm hired by the Minister of Water and Sanitation has been hit with a personal cost order, after the court found it to have been negligent, and even failed to read the applicable legislation regarding the case they were supposed to argue.

A Johannesburg-based law firm, on record for the state, has been slapped with the costs of a failed civil suit after the presiding judge slammed the attorneys on record for their “serial negligence”. Acting Judge Stephen Hardie – sitting in the Labour Court, in Johannesburg – last month dismissed a review application brought by the Minister of Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu, saying proceedings had become “a complete waste of the court’s time” and placing the blame squarely at the feet of the Koikanyang Inc Attorneys. Last week, the judge went a step further and made a ‘de bonis propriis’...



 


 

 

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