He was delivering judgment in a case that dealt with whether the state was obliged to provide reasons to a claimant on its decision as to whether it accepted or rejected a claim made under the Institution of Legal Proceedings Against Certain Organs of State Act.
The case before Judge Makgota involved Timothy Mabaso, who in June 2015 gave notice of his intention to claim R400 000 in damages against the minister of police, alleging that he had been assaulted while in police custody following his arrest.
Mabaso had not received a response and sent another letter the following month. In the latter correspondence, instead of payment, Mabaso demanded that the commissioner of police make a decision within 14 days as to whether he admitted liability....
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