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Auction Alliance boss wins court case

Jun 19 2012 08:52 Sapa

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Johannesburg - The Western Cape High Court has declared three summonses issued to former Auction Alliance boss Rael Levitt and two colleagues to appear before the National Consumer Commission (NCC) invalid, according to a report on Tuesday.

Acting Judge Rob Stelzner ruled that the summonses to Levitt, Auction Alliance chairman Sango Ntsaluba and chief financial officer and acting chief executive Darren Bruce-Sneddon, were inconsistent with the Constitution, reported The Star newspaper.

The summonses, issued in April, called on the trio to appear before the National Consumer Commission (NCC) for questioning.

But the high court judgment said the NCC did not have the power to issue a summons on this matter.

The high court judgment said that Levitt had already been found guilty of bid rigging by the NCC.

"...any further inquiry would be an evidence-gathering exercise for purposes of a criminal trial," reads the judgment.

In April, the NCC threatened to have Levitt arrested if he failed to appear at its hearing.

The matter relates to the auction of Dave King's Quoin Rock wine estate to billionaire Wendy Appelbaum for R55m.

The NCC had found Levitt guilty of bid rigging and fraud.

 
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