Gupta-owned mine rehabilitation funds case postponed to May 31

Before the matter was due to be heard on Thursday‚ lawyers for the trustees for Optimum and Koornhof objected to Outa being involved in the proceedings as it had no interest in the matter and had filed its application to be joined in the proceedings at a very late stage.

Outa filed its application to be joined in the proceedings on Wednesday.

In its application‚ Outa said it had obtained an interim order in the Pretoria High Court in September last year freezing the same funds from the Bank of Baroda.

The return date for its interim order is May 31. Outa suggested in its submissions on Wednesday that the trustees’ application be heard together with Outa’s application on the return date on May 31.

While counsel for the trustees for Optimum and Koornhof mine rehabilitation trusts objected to the admission of Outa‚ Judge Bill Prinsloo dismissed the objection and said Outa had a direct and substantial interest in the outcome of the case.

After an adjournment‚ counsel for Optimum Mike Hellens SC said all parties were agreeable that the matter be postponed until May 31.

Prinsloo ordered‚ by agreement between the parties‚ that the matter be postponed until May 31. 


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