The Eastern Cape government must finally fork out more than R80m in damages and interest to an East London firm of architects that rendered no service whatsoever.

A Daily Dispatch report says after some 16 years of staggering government and legal blunders, the SCA has unequivocally dismissed the provincial Public Works Department’s application for special leave to appeal against a judgment that ruled that the government must pay out the massive damages award to Ikamva Architects.

Through no fault of its own, the firm was never given the opportunity to earn one cent of the money. The interest on the initial R44m damages award to Ikamva Architects in 2012 has doubled and the legal fees will be massive after the provincial Public Works Department opted to continue to fight a case the courts had made abundantly clear it could never win.

The SCA has now added its voice to this.

SCA Judge Azhar Cachalia and Acting Judge Jannie Eksteen ruled: ‘The application for special leave is dismissed with costs on the grounds that the requirements for special leave have not been satisfied.

Both the Health and Public Works Departments received a drubbing for what the courts termed their serial defaulting, recklessness and repeated failure to comply with court orders.

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