Mark Fish is off the market

2015-01-11 15:00

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Former Bafana Bafana star Mark Fish married his long-time girlfriend Salome Janse van Rensburg at a nightclub in Sandton yesterday.

The celebration came in the same week that Fish was placed under provisional sequestration through an application by Absa and lost control of his own financial affairs.

Fish and Janse van Rensburg hosted nearly 100 people at the Taboo nightclub. It may have seemed an unusual venue, but the second floor had been beautifully done up for the occasion. Orchids, candles in sealed vases and mini chandeliers decorated the tables. Guests were handed a glass of Moët as they arrived.

Its owner, Chris Coutroulis, was “great enough to give us the venue on short notice”, Fish said.

Before the ceremony, the groom shared a cigarette with City Press, confiding that he was nervous, but also excited and focused.

“I’m really nervous, but this is how I used to get before a game. It shows that I am focused and ready for this,” he said.

The bride, the mother of Fish’s two youngest children, Blake (1) and Isabella (4), was glowing in a tight-fitting, embroidered silk gown.

To the strains of Oasis’ Wonderwall, she entered the venue carrying her son. Her daughter walked behind the train of her dress as she joined her soon-to-be husband, who looked dapper in a black tuxedo and bow tie.

Her cousin’s husband, Shane Addinal, who prayed and read the couple’s vows, struggled to hold back tears.

“I was so emotional because I had baptized them three weeks ago and I love them so much. Mark is such a down to earth person and it was as pleasure to host the ceremony,” said Addinal after the service.

The soccer star said he had found God and experienced a spiritual awakening. Late last year, it was reported that he’d suffered a heart attack, although Fish insists it was just a “scare”.

“Because of life, you seem to lose your connection with the spirit world and it took me that experience to realise that I needed that connection with God. There are many people who do not believe me, and that’s fine. The people here today are those closest to me and Salome, and I are happy.”

An elated Janse van Rensburg said: “I’m happy, elated and I love Mark. I live for my kids and a lot of people have the wrong perception about Mark. He has the most awesome heart.”

Fish’s week started out badly when the North Gauteng High Court placed him under provisional sequestration.

The same court in June 2013 ordered the former defender to pay his outstanding loans or R691?777.67 to Absa.

The bank claimed in court papers that Fish was evading it and alleged that he’d hidden the existence of property from them.

Wednesday’s ruling came after the sheriff of the court went to Fish’s home on August 8 to seize his assets – but returned empty-handed because there were none to take.

Fish is a director of Insight Outdoor Stadiums Advertising in Pretoria, and court papers reveal that Absa would like to seize his share in the business too, but it cannot find a share certificate to determine what he owns.

Absa claims in its papers that Nedbank is also trying to get Fish to settle outstanding loans, although it’s not known how much he owes or what action Nedbank has taken.

“[Fish] leads a flamboyant lifestyle. He is often seen at events for celebrities and drives around in a Range Rover vehicle. But at the same time, he doesn’t pay his accounts and treats his creditors [including Absa] with contempt,” Absa said in its court documents, which City Press has seen.

In court papers, it was revealed that Absa had great hopes for Fish during last year’s Survivor South Africa: Champions TV show.

He led a team and, had it won, would have received R500?000. But former Springbok captain Corné Krige’s team came out tops.

Judge Moses Mavundla granted the order. Fish must tell the court on February?11 why his sequestration should not be made final.

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