The speaker takes on the minister yet again
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Drewan Baird. Cape Town. 28 November 2013.
16h30. The state attorney was informed at 15h54:
Dear Me Karjiker,
I refer to the judgement handed down today by Judge Schippers.
Kindly take note that my instructions are to proceed with a petition to the Supreme Court of Appeal.
The petition will be served on your offices during the course of next week.
14h26. Application refused with cost.
Drewan Baird. Cape Town. 27 November 2013.
12h25. A few notes on Schippers’s views on councillors Pierre Nel and Ben van Wyk:
Vermeulen said that there is nothing sinister or malicious in what the speaker did. Schippers nodded.
Words to the following effect:
Nothing prevents the MEC to act;
The national minister can force the MEC to act;
The municipality must act against Nel and Van Wyk and it still can;
To Jamie: Maybe your client (the Western Cape minister of local government) should act…
11h07. And we’re done! Judgment postponed to November 28 at 14h15.
11h02. Vermeulen attacks! The inaction of the minister on Nel and van Wyk is inexcusable, he argues.
10h59. Jamie concludes. Vermeulen replies. Aplogies, I had to spend some time in the law library. I’ ll fill in the gaps later.
10h25. Vermeulen concludes. Ismail Jamie, for the minister, rises.
10h12. “And then comes the crossing of the Rubicon…” Vermeulen muses about council’s resolution of September 20.
10h03. Schippers J: “A suspension is a suspension.”
“No, My Lord, there are indeed different species of this animal…”
09h57. Some Latin passes. Nods all round.
09h45. “We respectfully urge upon Your Lordship a view…” Legalspeak. Luverly.
09h30. Adv Willie Vermeulen promises to be brief as he hands up Heads of Argument on 25 seperate points of appeal.
09h07. We’ve just learned that the judge wants to convene at 09h30, not at 10h00. Leaving for court. Court 13, no less. Where the judgment was delivered on November 12.
07h05. At 10h00 this morning counsel for the speaker will square up to counsel for the Western Cape minister of local government before His Lordship Mr Justice Ashton Schippers to argue leave to appeal against the 12 November judgment in Stoffels v. MacPherson.
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