The Minister of Human Settlements, Mmamoloko Kubayi welcomes the South Gauteng High Court’s dismissal, with costs, the frivolous application by suspended Property Practitioner Regulatory Authority (PPRA), CEO Ms Mamedupi Mohlala.
In an urgent legal bid to overturn the lawful suspension meted by the (PPRA) Board, Ms Mohlala’s application sought to cast aspersions on the legality of the Board’s appointment by the Minister. The application sought to suggest to the court that the Minister went beyond her legal powers or authority in appointing the Board.
The Judgment delivered in court today has vindicated the Minister that she was well within her right in appointing the Board, whose appointment followed a rigorous process as duly acceded to by the Cabinet.
“The decision by the Court to dismiss the application is most welcomed and consistent with a view we have always maintained that the case lacked legal merit. It is most absurd to question the powers of the Minister to appoint a Board. It is clear that the application was brought as an attempt by Ms Mohlala to deflect attention from the real reasons for her precautionary suspension,” said Minister Kubayi.
“We now hope that the entity will be allowed to focus on finalising the investigation on the alleged irregularities, including the crucial work at hand, which include among others, to regulate the affairs of all property practitioners; to allow for transformation in the property sector and to provide for consumer protection,” she added.
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