Regard must be had to the higher standard of conduct expected from public officials, and the number of falsehoods that have been put forward by the Public Protector in the course of the litigation. This conduct included the numerous “misstatements”, like misrepresenting, under oath, her reliance on evidence of economic experts in drawing up the report, failing to provide a complete record, ordered and indexed, so that the contents thereof could be determined, failing to disclose material meetings and then obfuscating the reasons for them and the reasons why they had not been previously disclosed, and generally failing to provide the court with a frank and candid account of her conduct in preparing the report. The punitive aspect of the costs order therefore stands.
In commemoration of women’s month, the Department of Justice & Constitutional Development in the Western Cape has partnered with the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL), BLA (Black Lawyers’ Association) and SAWLA (South African Women Lawyers’ Association) to plan this year’s Access to Justice Week, which will take place from 20-25 September 2010.
The following activities have been identified for the Access to Justice week:
a) Rendering of practical court assistance (20 and 21 September 2010);b) Educational seminar workshops (22 and 23 September 2010); andc) Offering of Legal Advice for the members of the public at Advice offices which will take place across the Western Cape region on 24 and 25 September 2010.
With regard to the first activity, the following courts have been identified:
Civil section- Cape Town Court;Family Law section- Maynard Plaza- Wynberg;Family Law section Bhorat Centre-Athlone;Family Law section- Philippi Magistrate’s office;Family Law section- Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Office;Family Law section-Bishop Lavis Magistrate’s office;Family Law section- Worcester Magistrate’s office;Family Law section- Atlantis Magistrate’s office;Family Law section- George Magistrate’s office (targeting community of Thembalethu); andFamily Law section- Paarl Magistrate’s office (targeting community of Mbekweni).
If you wish to participate in the above activities (by offering legal assistance, advice or training), please contact Carnietta Davidson and/or Matilda Smith (Nadel Western Cape Exec members) who are co-ordinating the activities on behalf of Nadel. Their contact details:
Carnietta Davidson: Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org / Ph: 021 6805338.
Matilda Smith: Email: Matilda.Smith@uct.ac.za / Ph: 021 6504023.
Please copy me in your emails to Carnietta and/or Matilda.
“Wathint’ Abafazi Wathint’ Imbokodo!
You strike a woman, you strike a rock!”BACK TO TOP