Derby-Lewis lawyer almost mauled by taxi drivers

2009-08-28 16:08

MARIUS Coertze, the advocate who represented Clive Derby-Lewis, was almost

mauled by taxi operators outside the Pretoria High Court.

Coertze stood opposite taxi operators picketing outside the court with a

placard on which was written “Viva BRT Viva”.

He came to court as a concerned citizen.

The taxi operators were at the North Gauteng High Court after an urgent court

application was filed to stop the Bus Rapid Transport system (BRT).

BRT was to be launched by the City of Johannesburg on Sunday.

Coertze said he supported the BRT and said the taxi industry has been

pampered by the government for too long.

The operators swore at him, many baying for his blood.

‘‘Who are you, f*k you!” shouted the operators. They threatened to “sort him


Coertze was whisked away by the police, who advised him not to provoke the

taxi operators.

The taxi operators were angered even more when they discovered who Coertze

was. Some followed him to his offices which are not far from the court.

Coertze represented Derby-Lewis, who was arrested for his part in the murder

of SACP leader Chris Hani in 1993, in his quest to get a presidential pardon.

Taxi operators are still locked behind closed doors with lawyers from the

government trying to get an out of court settlement over the BRT.

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