A High Court judge in Cape Town has ruled that he has no jurisdiction to grant an interdict preventing the merger between South African liquor giants Distillers Corporation and Stellenbosch Farmers Winery. Justice Thabani Jali today (24 November 2000) dismissed the action with costs to Seagram Africa, who attempted to scupper the merger, which is now expected to go ahead on Monday 4 December 2000.