Last week, the urgent application in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria brought by three members of the allegedly disbanded Necsa Board to set aside Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s controversial order for their
By filing more than 800 additional pages the case was no longer “urgent” on a technicality.
If the papers do not add essential substance, filing them might be a questionable ploy to subvert justice, warned a press statement from the dismissed board members.
For an urgent action to be heard, the papers may not exceed 500 pages. Cases exceeding 500 pages must be scheduled for longer hearings. The Minister’s 800 pages made an urgent hearing impossible, explained the dismissed trio.
Necsa case not urgent
In his answering affidavit, Radebe originally argued that the case was not urgent. Radebe’s
Radebe accused the entire Board of “insubordination” and “defiance”, and claimed summarily to have removed all Board members from office on dubious grounds and flawed procedure. Far from acting in a defiant and insubordinate manner, the three Board members challenging him insist they took a principled stand in the interests of Necsa and South Africa.
The three Necsa Board members state