Sweet nothing

Sweet nothing

Lawyers bottle out in case against Coke –but still charge their client R500,000, writes Mark Thomas

Port Elizabeth transport mogul Dawie van der Westhuizen found himself biting off more than he could chew when his legal team, including a senior advocate, led him to believe he had a winnable case against Coca-Cola.

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Submitted by : Howard Klaaste of Port Elizabeth on 2011-11-07 12:39:34
I rotated through 4 law firms and did most of the work myself. The case was eventually "cracked" (again by myself), but at a time when only an application for condonation would be appropriate.

The situation was simple: a theatre restaurant opened next to me in Uitenhage, but was never rezoned properly. It was rezoned to allow other uses but never to operate as a theatre. The housing and land silo initially refused to make the Zoning Scheme Regulations available, but when he did the answer was found. This was confirmed by Sanet van Breda, who is a town planning specialist in Krugersdorp.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality thus allowed an illegal establishment to operate legally, as the authorisation was granted by a legal entity.


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