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By Khethiwe Chelemu | Nov 08, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 70 ]

TV presenter and wife say they don't owe Acsa a cent, and will see them in court

TV PRESENTER Vuyo Mbuli and his wife Savita are going to court this week to prevent their luxury holiday home from being seized by the Airports Company of South Africa.

Acsa is after the couple's furnished six-bedroom and five-bathroom home, conservatively valued at R5 million, situated in the popular Eastern Cape resort town of Port Alfred.

Last mont the Johannesburg high court granted a summary judgment against them after ruling in Acsa's favour.

Though the details are unclear, Acsa successfully obtained an order against the Mbulis, whose company, Zazise Communications, was contracted to do work for them.

The couple were ordered to pay Acsa about R4,3 million.

Now their lawyer, Eric Mabuza, says they will fight Acsa in court, and that the airports company only wants to embarrass and "bully" the couple.

Mbuli and his wife, a former newscaster, deny owing Acsa R4,3million. They also say the default judgment was granted in an underhand manner.

Acsa lodged an application for a summary judgment against the couple at the Johannesburg high court in July, and the couple then offered their Port Alfred home as security.

In papers before court, the SABC2 Morning Live presenter says he and his wife brought an application for a postponement of the judgment on October 25 to allow them to complete the registration of the house's bond.

"The next day I was not at court but I was advised that our counsel and the applicant's counsel agreed to stand the matter down to enable us to answer Acsa's affidavit and file a reply thereto," he said.

But later that afternoon, after the court granted the postponement, Acsa's lawyers approached the court again with the same application, and judgment was granted in their favour after the Mbulis' lawyers had already left.

"I am not aware whether or not the honourable judge had sight of the application for a postponement prior to granting the summary judgment, let alone whether Acsa's counsel disclosed this fact to the court," said Mbuli in court papers.

He said he found it remarkable that Acsa's lawyers went ahead with the case without informing his attorneys, knowing they were seeking a postponement.

Mabuza said on Friday: "What is happening here is that Acsa is deliberately trying to embarrass my clients but they will gain nothing from this.

"Acsa is getting nothing from us. We are not going to be bullied by them."

He said this week they would obtain a court order interdicting Acsa from seizing the seaside home.

Acsa's lawyers declined to comment on Friday.

"The court papers are self-explanatory. We are not going to give interviews to newspapers without consent from our clients.

"Just read through the court papers," said a lawyer who declined to give his name.

 

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@Mahikeng and @gigolo, the old trick in journalism is first get it right, then get it first as facts are sacred and comment is free. This story is found wanting in all this areas in a rush or quest to get it first.

On the other hand, we need to question what informed the decision to push this story through as there are more questions than facts. I guess it does not even answer the basics of 4 W and an H.

Nov 09, 2010 6:25 | 0 replies

gigolo

Eish, I'm not in any of those fields but appreciate sharing the info, maybe someone here who is on one of those fields & love travelling will keep in touch with you...

I love politics though...

Nov 08, 2010 12:4 | 0 replies

@KasiKid, I am in to a lot of things in one professionally (currently) i am using my journalism knowledge which makes me a political journalist and i do research and i get to interact with both government and private which makes in PPP and that 's how my traveling comes into play to if you have international relations, political science, journalism, research, microeconomics and those kinds of things you can, we are in urgent need of black people with the skills we would be able to look at your CV but you will spend at least 65% of your time traveling abroad

@Mahikeng, Okay I understand its interpretations, i get it

Nov 08, 2010 11:59 | 0 replies

@KasiKid, I am in to a lot of things in one professionally (currently) i am using my journalism knowledge which makes me a political journalist and i do research and i get to interact with both government and private which makes in PPP and that 's how my traveling comes into play to if you have international relations, political science, journalism, research, microeconomics and those kinds of things you can, we are in urgent need of black people with the skills we would be able to look at your CV but you will spend at least 65% of your time traveling abroad

@Mahikeng, Okay I understand its interpretations, i get it

Nov 08, 2010 11:59 | 0 replies

@gigolo
Oh come on pls don't do that to me I read & understood your comment. Maybe when you said << I "will" be back in the country next week not I am back as in like u r already in the country I would have interpreted it differently. Because when you check that comment is like you say u r already in the country but u will only be able to send me that doc next week. But thanx for clarifying it for me my dear.

U said u think u know me, yeah right. But I don't think so!!!!

Nov 08, 2010 11:52 | 0 replies

gigolo

I'm jealous, you travel abroad...

I only travel nationally, where do you work, I need to work where you work...

Or are you self employed?

Nov 08, 2010 11:51 | 0 replies

@Mahikeng, you didnt read my comment either I am back next week, tomorrow heading for Korea for the final leg of my work, and back on the 17th, no I hear you I think i know who you are...

Nov 08, 2010 11:35 | 0 replies

@Mahikeng, you didnt read my comment either I am back next week, tomorrow heading for Korea for the final leg of my work, and back on the 17th, no I hear you I think i know who you are...

Nov 08, 2010 11:35 | 0 replies

Fong Kong

Nov 08, 2010 11:34 | 0 replies

@gigolo
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL - me working for Sowetan? Oh no dear! Glad u r back & looking forward to that doc.

But sometimes other bloggers don't read the whole story as a result miss key things in that story & end up throwing bombs either @ SOWETAN and / or subjects to that story.

Nov 08, 2010 11:32 | 0 replies

I just don't get this story-Ms Khetiwe journo,,when you read this does it make sense????

Nov 08, 2010 11:28 | 0 replies