In a remarkable turn of events, after working for fourteen years representing a group of landowners from the Karkloof area in defending a land claim (which was degazetted and then regazetted), the Honourable Acting Judge President Meer handed down a historical judgment. McCarthy & Associates Attorney Rob McCarthy, who represented the landowners, said his clients were happy and relieved that the matter was finally resolved, but from a land redistribution perspective, there were no winners.
This judgment (read the full judgement here) not only denied the claim and awarded costs to the landowners but also ordered the claimants’ attorneys and counsels to pay back the fees which had been paid to them by the State. She cited the Vexatious Proceedings Act 3 of 1956 and the General Council of the Bar’s Uniform Rules of Professional Conduct in this regard.
This judgment is already making news as you can read by following the links below: