Gauteng denies court sheriff detained
Johannesburg - The Gauteng government on Thursday denied that a sheriff of the court was detained at Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane's office when she tried to remove furniture under a court order.
Democratic Alliance MPL Jack Bloom claimed earlier that office security detained South Gauteng High Court deputy sheriff Diana Chivelli on the third floor of the building on Wednesday.
"The reason Chivelli was ushered to the third floor is precisely because the floor houses our legal department," Mokanyane's spokesperson Xoli Mngambi said in a statement.
"As this was a legal matter, it was only logical for her to be taken there to proceed with the business that she came to conduct."
Chivelli was at the office to collect a portion of the R9.25m owed by Mokonyane for the medical costs of a boy left brain-damaged because of negligence in a state hospital.
Prince Sibusiso Khanyi was born brain-damaged at the Pholosong Hospital on the East Rand in December 1999.
The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg found in February last year that he suffered permanent brain injury because of hospital negligence.
It ruled that Mokonyane had to pay his parents, Martha and Simon, nearly R10m in damages.
Mngambi said the provincial government was busy appealing the initial court ruling.
"It is important for the public to note and be informed that the fact that we were given leave of appeal, there is a probability that another court can come to a different decision."