Mkhwebane legal saga: Judge Potterill report contradicts what happened in closed meeting - lawyer

- | 6 months ago

Lawyers representing former SA Revenue Service (SARS) deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay intend writing to North Gauteng Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba to draw his attention to a report that a judge was taken off a case involving the Public Protector because she had allegedly made disparaging remarks about the Public Protector in a judgment.

While the meeting with Ledwaba where the case was discussed was confidential, lawyers say the report contradicts what was discussed in the meeting. Sources close to the process say the report creates the impression that Judge Sulet Potterill was removed because of her alleged "disparaging" remarks about Busisiwe Mkhwebane, when the decision was really about a scheduling conflict.

The case concerns an application by State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo attempting to prevent the release or publication of a report by the Inspector General of Intelligence (IGI) into the so-called SARS "rogue unit".

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