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Our lips were sealed: Kollapen and Mlambo


Our lips were sealed: Kollapen and Mlambo

Chief justice Raymond Zondo says a full investigation into the Abramjee SMS will be completed soon and made public

Franny Rabkin

Judges Jody Kollapen and Dunstan Mlambo say they never disclosed any confidential information to legal analyst Ismail Abramjee, the Office of the Chief Justice said in a statement on Thursday.

It was addressing the “closing report” by public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane into her investigation into the infamous SMS, which Mkhwebane said suggested a possible leak from the Constitutional Court in litigation she was involved in.

The SMS was sent by Abramjee to counsel for the speaker of parliament in April, ahead of litigation to halt impeachment proceedings against her. It said Abramjee had it on “very good authority” that the Constitutional Court had declined Mkhwebane’s application — then still pending before the apex court — to rescind its earlier judgment on parliament’s impeachment rules and would be making its decision known in the coming week...

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