Helen Suzman Foundation Suggests That Ministers Foot Their Own Legal Bills To Save Cost

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Still on the move to monitor wasteful spending and to cut governmental cost, Helen Suzman Foundation tells ministers to foot their own legal bills.

The foundation made the suggestions bringing to mind the millions of government money spent funding doomed court cases incurred by ministers.

This call came days after Police Minister Nathi Nhleko witnessed yet another Constitutional Court loss which taxpayers will have to pay for.

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Constitutional Court justice, Chris Jafta ordered Minister Nathi Nhleko to pay the costs of Mr Robert McBride including the costs of two counsel.”

The court justice stayed this after finding out that Police Minister Nathi Nhleko’s suspension of IPID head Robert McBride was unconstitutional and overturned it.

Nhleko admitted that the suspension was illegal but fought for it to remain in place. His insistence ended up costing millions which could have been avoided.

Chief justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng ordered the president, the minister of police and the National Assembly to pay the costs of the applications and two counsels in his ruling on Nkandla.



This is not the first time taxpayers money is used to pay up doomed state court action.

On this, Helen Suzman Foundation said ministers should pay for these cases in their personal capacity. This way, they will foot the bill for fighting court actions that they are never going to win.

Court case like the fight over the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir that the government is preparing to battle in the Constitutional Court; and the repeated failed court bids by Minister Nhleko to defend his suspension of then Hawks boss Anwa Dramat will cost the government millions not budgeted for.

A staff of the Helen Suzman Foundation, Francis Antonie said: “I worry if the Minister is being advised appropriately, who is advising him? Someone has to pay for this – and it’s the taxpayer.

It’s high time that ministers pay the bills, when they insist on court action that is clearly doomed to fail.”

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Meanwhile the police ministry is still facing a staggering R26 billion in civil claims, with half a billion of that amount for claims of legal costs.

Chief justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng on the other hand has ordered the president, the minister of police and the National Assembly to pay the costs of applications and two counsels in his ruling on Nkandla.