South Africa, Cape Town – Former DA Johann Brummer Saw Victory after a 7 Year Court Tussle With Party.
According to reports, The Western Cape High Court has upheld an appeal by former Bitou Municipality Speaker Johann Brummer against the DA in a long-running case where Brummer lost his membership of the party in 2012 after he failed to pay a compulsory R5 621 in dues.
According to court papers, Brummer, who joined the DA in 2000, had served as a councillor on the Bitou Local Municipality in Plettenberg Bay and on the Eden District Municipality for more than a decade.
However, on August 13, 2012, the DA terminated Brummer’s membership of the party, alleging that he had failed to pay his dues.
The original matter was deliberated before by then-Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso in September 2012 and dismissed with costs. Judge Traverso said she was not persuaded that Brummer’s party membership had been terminated unlawfully.
Brummer appealed Judge Traverso’s ruling, citing issue estoppel, a legal principle that prevents someone from arguing something or asserting a right that contradicts what they previously said or agreed to by law.
Brummer’s attorney, Frans Smit, said they were delighted with the outcome of the appeal in which two judges ruled in their favour with a dissenting minority of one.