Fisheries dept vs Barnabas Xulu: Court case weighed down by legal minutiae

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Attorney Barnabas Xulu. (Photo: Gallo Images)
Attorney Barnabas Xulu. (Photo: Gallo Images)

The fisheries department's bid to get R20 million in fees back from lawyer Barnabas Xulu languished in the doldrums of lengthy court arguments on Thursday. 

There was no mention of the smuggled lobster and fish which had caused all the trouble. Instead, it was up to seconded Judge Phillip Zilwa to steer thousands of pages of argument through several "nubs" raised by Xulu's lawyer, advocate Isaac Shai. 

At one point, after a day of delving into the minutiae of previous judgments, orders and affidavits, Zilwa leaned forward and summarised the reason why they were in court. 

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