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Justice prevails: Minister Balfour's appeal application in "MM" case dismissed

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This morning, Judge Brian Southwood dismissed Minister Balfour’s application for leave to appeal against the decision by the Northern Gauteng High Court ordering that TAC and ALP be given access to the report of the Judicial Inspectorate of Prisons (JIOP) regarding the death of prisoner ‘MM’. MM died in a Westville prison after having been denied access to ARVs. Justice Southwood described the Minister’s application for leave to appeal as ill-conceived, and ordered the government to pay the legal costs incurred by TAC and ALP.

The JIOP report had already been released to the public in the wake of Judge Southwood’s earlier order. TAC and ALP believes that Balfour’s application for leave to appeal that order was a shameful waste of public funds. Balfour’s counsel, Adv. Moerane, explained Balfour’s motivation in seeking leave to appeal -- notwithstanding the fact that the report had already been released -- as being to refute allegation he had lied about the report.

TAC and ALP welcome Judge Southwood’s decision. The South African judiciary continues to uphold constitutional democracy and remedy abuses of public office by politicians like Minister Balfour.


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Ngconde Balfour and his antics

Hi guys. Great news that you have been able to show Ngconde Balfour on the errors of his ways. His arrogance amazes me, you put a fair request to him and he never resolves the issue, it must always be challenged in court. Shaik is another one of those. Please read the Saturday Star of 7 March 2009. The judge, Goliath, has made a ruling in the Cape Courts regarding wasteful expenditure by government officials. It relates to Robert McBride, I think it was on page 2 or 3. It will be wonderful if you implement the Court ruling. Equally so it will save you a lot of money as it seems that our officialdom is of the opinion that they have unlimited funds to waste, they don't, this ruling will stop them in their tracks. Callie.

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