Glenister: I can get on with my life

2008-10-23 00:00

Cape Town — “Now, at long last, I can get on with my life.” These were the words of Johannesburg businessman Hugh Glenister after his lone crusade to save the Scorpions was dealt a double blow by the Constitutional Court and the Cape High Court on Wednesday.

Speaking to The Witness, Glenister said he was sorry his actions had failed, but he has no regrets about his legal action.

The wealthy entrepreneur made headlines when he launched an ambitious fight to save the efficient crime-fighting unit by seeking an urgent High Court interdict against the government’s plan to disband the unit.

When the Pretoria High Court ruled, in May, that it does not have the jurisdiction to decide on the application, he filed papers in the Constitutional Court.

However, in a unanimous judgment, the Constitutional Court on Wednesday refused him leave to appeal the ruling.

Also on Wednesday, after nearly four hours of legal argument, Cape High Court Judge James Yekiso rejected Glenister’s bid to block yesterday’s National Assembly vote on the bills.

In the Cape Town case, Glenister initially asked the court for an order to block voting on the bills until Parliament’s ethics committee considered a complaint he lodged last month.

In the complaint, he insisted that MPs implicated in the Travelgate affair withdraw from all consideration of the bills, including committee meetings. His contention was that, because their role in the travel voucher scam was investigated by the Scorpions, there was a conflict of interest.

“We tried our best, but to no avail. It is now time to take a rest and get back to what I know best,” Glenister said.

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