Poor Fish fighting for his house

2013-01-12 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Former Bafana star Mark Fish is refusing to move out of his multi-million-rand mansion, which was auctioned off last year after he got into financial difficulties.

Documents in the possession of sister paper Beeld show that KIP Liquidators, one of two provisional liquidators appointed to handle the sale of the house and contents, wrote to Fish on November 13.

Liquidator Sias van Rensburg asked Fish to vacate the house in Mooikloof Estates in the east of Pretoria by December 13.

Yesterday, Van Rensburg confirmed that Fish is still living in the house.

He said Fish registered the deed in the name of Gemvest-104, of which he was the sole owner. He was supposed to voluntarily dissolve Gemvest-104 last year because he could not keep up with the bond payments.

Later, Fish tried in vain to buy the house back from the liquidators. He originally bought it for R8,5 million in 2006. Van Rensburg said Fish could not arrange finance and his offer was declined.

He said the house will be registered in the name of the new buyer by the end of January and then a court order forcing Fish out will be sought.

Petrus Jacobus Nel, who paid the liquidators R5,1 million for the house, said he was initially very accommodating and offered to let Fish stay in the house until December 31. But he said Fish does not respond to his messages and calls, and he now wants to move in as soon as possible.

Yesterday, Fish claimed Van Rensburg and Nel are in cahoots and that the liquidator misled him and then sold the house to “his friend” for a song. He said he started trying to save Gemvest-104 last January, when the business was battling to pay its debts, as it was owed large sums by others.

He said Van Rensburg approached him and advised him to liquidate the business.

He allegedly told Fish that if he were appointed liquidator he could arrange for Gemvest to have enough time to pay off its debts.

“I since learned that Van Rensburg had signed an affidavit declaring that he had no interest in the sale of the property when he was appointed as adviser to the liquidators,” Fish said.

“After he was appointed, Van Rensburg stopped taking my calls and connived with Nel to steal my house for half its true value.”

Fish said he plans to take legal action against Nel, Nedbank and the liquidators.

Nel said he got involved in the sale of the property as an “outsider”, and that he did not know Van Rensburg beforehand and has “until today” never met him.

Van Rensburg denied last night that he benefitted in any way from the sale of the house.

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