Arts and culture department to attach promoter’s assets

2010-06-04 17:16

The arts and culture department has confirmed that its lawyers will

be attaching music promoter Morris Roda’s assets to recover R3 million which is

owed to the department.

The department obtained a default judgment against Roda, of Morris

Roda Productions (MRP), on May 17 to recover sponsorship money paid for the

Miriam Makeba Tribute Show. Roda was given 10 days to repay the money.

Anil Singh, the department’s director for legal service, confirmed

that Roda had not repaid a cent and said “our lawyers are proceeding with a writ

of execution against his property so that the sheriff can execute and attach his

assets to the value of R3m”.

Two weeks ago Roda staged the Makeba concert in Newtown,

Johannesburg. The arts and culture department wants him to repay the R3 million

they paid to him on October 13 last year as sponsorship for the show.

The department withdrew its support after a disagreement between with Roda over control of the concert last year, leading to a delay of the show

which was originally billed for November 7.

Roda then interdicted the department from interfering with the

concert, while he was ordered not to distribute any material stating that the

department was a sponsor.

Roda’s spokesperson, Makhosini Nkosi, said the promoter’s attorneys

were studying the judgment and would decide on the appropriate action to


But he added: “Indications are that MRP will apply to the relevant

court to have the judgment rescinded.”

He said MRP had “acted legally and in accordance with its agreement

with the department”.

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