Saturday, September 6, 2008

Erasmus Commission to destroy evidence

Say it with a sting.....

September 04 2008 at 10:09AM

The Erasmus Commission has officially shut down in the wake of this week's High Court judgment declaring it illegal, commission secretary Zithulele Twala said on Thursday.

"It's no longer in existence," he said. "It has stopped pursuant to the High Court judgment."

He said he and evidence leader Frans Petersen, who were employed full time by the commission, had gone back to their practices, himself as an attorney and Petersen to his job with a forensic auditing firm.

Twala said the commission had collected a substantial amount of evidence - "you can say a room full" - which was housed in his offices. It consisted of paper documents and electronic data stored on CDs.

When the office of Western Cape premier Lynne Brown had confirmed that she would not take the matter any further by appealing the judgment, "then obviously that information must be destroyed", he said.

All the documents were copies of originals held elsewhere, he said.

He said he would have to consult commission chairman judge Nathan Erasmus on how the material would be destroyed.

Brown said in a media statement earlier this week that the province had no intention of challenging the ruling.

The commission was set up by former premier Ebrahim Rasool last year to probe alleged irregularities in the City of Cape Town.

A full bench of judges sitting in the Cape High Court found that he set up the commission merely in a bid to politically embarrass the Democratic Alliance, and that it was unconstitutional.

They also found that Erasmus, as a sitting judge, should not have accepted the chairpersonship of the commission.

The ruling followed a challenge by the City of Cape Town and the DA, which leads the city government. - Sapa

Comments by Sonny

How can evidence be destroyed before the whole saga is investigated by the JSC?

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