Mbuli sued for millions

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.