Ex-minister liable to personally pay costs over court order failure

Ex-minister liable to personally pay costs over court order failure

- A former minister has been issued a personal costs order for failing to comply with a court order

- In her ruling, Judge Yasmin Meer slammed former rural development and land reform minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

- Meer referred to Nkoana-Mashaba's conduct as "grossly unreasonable"

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Former rural development and land reform minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has been ordered to personally cover costs after losing a legal battle.

This comes as acting judge president of the Land Claims Court Yasmin Meer found that Nkoana-Mashabane's conduct had been "grossly unreasonable". 

This was in connection with her department's failure to comply with a court order to produce a plan to redevelop District Six.

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The department as a whole was found to have failed to comply, but Nkoana-Mashabane herself received the personal costs order, Briefly.co.za has gathered. She was in charge of the department at the time.

The former minister and her department were taken to court by land claimants after they missed a deadline to put together a plan for the redevelopment of the District Six area in Cape Town, according to The Citizen.

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In court, Nkoana-Mashabane admitted that her department had not complied with order, saying that they faced financial and legal issues.

For example, the redevelopment project was reportedly going to cost R11 billion, but the department could only spend R351 million for the year.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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