Minister might lose Pecanwood property to legal costs

The minister in the Presidency for women, youth and persons with disabilities Maite Nkoana-Mashabane might lose her home in the Pecanwood Estate as a result of a Land Claims Court case, the Sunday World newspaper reports.

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

According to Sunday World, a lawyer who previously represented Nkoana-Mashabane in a matter when she was rural development and land reform minister wants her two properties – one of which is in the posh Pecanwood Estate in Hartbeespoort Dam – to be attached to cover a legal bill of over R480 000.

The newspaper reports that in August 2019, the Land Claims Court in Cape Town slapped Nkoana-Mashabane with a cost order for failing to adequately prepare a plan to redevelop District Six by the court’s deadline. Nkoana-Mashabane also failed in her bid to appeal the decision in March last year, with the court ordering the head of the State Attorney (government lawyers) and the Legal Practice Council to probe whether any funds belonging to the state had been used to pay her private attorney.

According to Sunday World a law firm that represented her in her appeal of the cost order, filed papers in the High Court in Pretoria seeking her provisional sequestration.