Liquidators’ lawyer not registered to act
Johannes ‘John’ Walker – the lawyer who represented the Pamodzi liquidators in the multimillion-rand transaction – was not authorised to act as their legal representative, according to Business Report. It says Walker – close friends with embattled Deputy Master of the High Court Christene Rossouw – was not registered with the Law Society at the time of the transaction.
The Law Society of the Northern Provinces, in a May 2016 letter, stated that fidelity fund certificates for Walker were issued for the periods ending December 2012, 2013 and 2014. It appears that the society did not issue any certificates to Walker for 2011 and 2015.
Walker has said he started working on the Pamodzi matter in 2011 to conduct the insolvency inquiry. The report notes Walker is close to Rossouw, who played a role in the appointment of the Pamodzi liquidators, and the removal of joint liquidators Enver Motala and Gavin Gainsford from the estate.
Walker also represented Rossouw in her divorce in 2013, and together with joint Pamodzi liquidator Deon Botha, attended social events and taken photographs together.
Liquidators fall under Rossouw’s domain and are answerable to her for their conduct, highlighting an alleged conflict of interest, but she has denied any wrongdoing. Department of Justice & Constitutional Development spokesperson Steve Mahlangu said Walker was not appointed as a liquidator in the matter.
‘He is the attorney of the liquidators, and we have no say in whom is appointed and have no relationship with the attorney,’ said Mahlangu. ‘Neither the department nor the Master’s Office would have any knowledge of his standing with the Law Society, as he is an attorney over which we have no control.’
Walker reportedly told Business Report that its facts ‘were wrong’.
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