Johannesburg - State-owned logistics firm Transnet on Tuesday welcomed a ruling by the high court confirming that law firm Mncedisi Ndlovu & Sedumedi (MNS) Attorneys has the authority to act on its behalf in pursuing those allegedly involved in state capture.
MNS Attorneys is one of a number of law firms that provides services to Transnet. The law firm was allegedly the target of a smear campaign recently because of support for the Popo Molefe Foundation, a charitable foundation run by the chairperson of Transnet.
Since 2017, MNS has conducted a broad range of forensic investigations and legal action on behalf of Transnet. This has led to the recovery of more than R600 million that was misappropriated from Transnet during the state capture period.
One of MNS' key focuses was the removal of former Transnet group chief executive, Siyabonga Gama. This included serving summonses against him recently for the recovery of R189 million which Transnet argued was due to the company.
In court on Monday, Gama contested MNS' right to act on behalf of Transnet, a claim that was dismissed by the Gauteng South High Court, along with a punitive costs order.