Glenister's bid rejected

2013-06-14 21:00
Hugh Glenister (Picture: Rapport)

Hugh Glenister (Picture: Rapport)

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Cape Town - The Constitutional Court on Friday rejected an application by Hugh Glenister to cover the costs of an expert, who testified for him in his successful challenge to the founding legislation of the police's elite Hawks unit.

Glenister argued that the court had mistakenly overlooked his request in the initial case for costs, because neither the majority nor the minority judgment mentioned it.

In its 2011 judgment, the court had ordered that the government pay Glenister's legal costs.

On Friday, the court agreed that the issue of the witness should be addressed, but found the rules for payment were not met because the expert did not provide "appreciable help" to the court.

It said the issue at hand was the constitutional validity of the legislation, and this fell "well within the competence of this court”.

In its original judgment, the Constitutional Court found that the SAPS Amendment Act gave inadequate independence to the Hawks in investigating corruption.

It gave the executive 18 months to amend the legislation.

Changes were signed into law by President Jacob Zuma in September last year.

Critics, including Glenister, have maintained that these fail to protect the unit sufficiently from potential political meddling.

Read more on:    police  |  hawks  |  jacob zuma  |  hugh glenister  |  johannesburg

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