Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
2 minute read
24 Jun 2020
5:10 am

RAF loses bid for leave to appeal ruling it can’t yet cut ties with attorneys

Bernadette Wicks

The fund said it had 'a reasonable apprehension of bias' on the part of Judge Wendy Hughes, who presided over the case.

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Picture: Moneyweb

The High Court in Pretoria has shot down the Road Accident Fund’s (RAF) bid to overturn a ruling which effectively puts on ice its plans to cut ties with 103 panel attorneys contracted to it. This month, the RAF launched an application for leave to appeal the ruling, either to a full bench or to the Supreme Court of Appeal. The fund said it had “a reasonable apprehension of bias” on the part of Judge Wendy Hughes, who presided over the case, “possibly due to her previous directorship or employment at one of the panel attorneys, namely Hughes-Madondo Incorporated”. “There...