Barnabas Xulu, Western Cape judge president John Hlophe’s personal attorney in his many battles against impeachment, has failed in his bid to rescind a ruling that could force him to pay back R20m in legal fees to the department of agriculture, forestry & fisheries.

In a ruling delivered on Tuesday, Eastern Cape High Court judge John Smith also ordered that “vexatious and irrelevant” allegations by Xulu and former forestry & fisheries minister Senzeni Zokwana against present minister Barbara Creecy must be “struck” from court papers, meaning they are eliminated from evidence presented in the case.

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