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gavel thumb100 Fin24 reports that a judge of the High Court in Johannesburg has imposed a punitive costs order against suspended National Lotteries Commission (NLC) secretary Nompumelelo Nene for wasting the court's time.

Nene, who was suspended by the lottery in 2022, approached the court in mid-March with an urgent bid to stop her forthcoming disciplinary hearing. Nene is among half a dozen lottery employees being investigated internally for alleged wrongdoing and corruption. Judge Stuart Wilson threw out her case in March, saying it was not urgent and has now published a ruling stating why he has decided to impose a punitive costs order against her. Such orders oblige one party to pay all the other parties' legal costs. In the case of Nene, she has to pay the costs incurred by the NLC in fighting her urgent application. In his ruling, Wilson noted that Nene, who is an admitted advocate and "senior corporate lawyer", failed to present any facts at all to support her case that the upcoming disciplinary hearing should be blocked. "Nene's application was so devoid of substance that it warrants a punitive costs order. Urgent court is for truly urgent matters," he pointed out. Wilson said that Nene had wasted the court's time, which risked crowding out other, more deserving cases.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Jan Cronje at Fin24
  • Read too, Court orders suspended Lotto secretary to pay punitive costs, at GroundUp

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