Sheriff detained at premier's office - DA

2012-01-18 19:02

Johannesburg - A sheriff of the court was detained at Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane's office on Wednesday when she tried to remove furniture under a court order, the DA said.

Democratic Alliance MPL Jack Bloom said office security detained Johannesburg High Court deputy sheriff Diana Chivelli on the third floor of the building.

She 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.

"The sheriff is there to remove the furniture... as the premier has failed to respond to the court payment order. Her lawyers appealed the judgment, but this appeal has lapsed," Bloom said.

"It is an utter disgrace that the premier has failed to obey this court order that would assist Khanyi's struggling family to look after him."

Mokanyane's spokesperson Xoli Mngambi denied that Chivelli had been detained.

"We do not agree with what Bloom is saying. She is not being detained. They [Mokonyane's office] have been in talks about the situation since the sheriff got there," he said.

"Our legal department, along with the department of health and the state's attorney, are dealing with the matter."

The furniture at Mokonyane's offices was attached by the sheriff in October last year.

Bloom said 270 computers, 270 desks, 600 chairs and other office equipment, and kitchen appliances worth about R1m were attached.

Twelve-year-old Prince Sibusiso Khanyi was born brain-damaged at the Pholosong Hospital in 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.

Bloom said Mokonyane should "obey the law just like everyone else and pay the full amount in good time".

"It's a very sad day for our province when the premier defies the law," he said.

"Meanwhile, a disabled child suffers because her office has delayed in paying money that would ease his life and that of his family."

  • Bonga Mthembu - 2012-01-18 19:15

    Its so hard to do right.....

      Squeegee - 2012-01-18 19:35

      What a shambles. Can this premier get nothing right? How much longer must we suffer her total incompetance?

      Mike - 2012-01-18 19:41

      Amazing, the case started in 1999 and they are still "dealing" with the matter?! Just try and pay SARS one day late!!!

      Spyker - 2012-01-18 20:03

      I had to pinch myself while reading the leading article. What really scares me - you cannot make this sh1t up... You can spend a whole afternoon, making corny remarks about this, if it was not such a serious matter... Imagine you tell this someone in the US or old Europe - they will think you are exaggerating. This then, is by and large, a key problem - the rest the world simply cannot begin to grasp what a basket-case banana-republic post '94 SA is... "...It's a very sad day for our province when the premier defies the law..." - excuse me, is that not the ANC's primary mandate..?

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-01-18 20:24

      @John. What are you on about. Is this a "guess the abbrev." contest? I dont think so!

      Irene - 2012-01-18 21:11

      Troll alert.

      Wesley - 2012-01-19 05:53

      While there, sommer take some adtional stuff for the blue light accident promisses she made

      procold2 - 2012-01-19 09:05

      its taken 12 years, how long are the krugersdorp family going to wait for help,shambles is not the word, plain incompetence and dont give a sh#t attitudes.

  • Kim - 2012-01-18 19:20

    Who needs TV comedy when you have News24

      Irene - 2012-01-18 21:09

      Not News 24, but a bunch of corrupt, lying thieves called the ANC in power.

  • Anthony - 2012-01-18 19:22

    I love there culture

      Spyker - 2012-01-18 19:47

      And I love your Engilsh...

      Grant - 2012-01-18 19:52

      Well done for noting the REAL issue Spyker!

  • brieuse - 2012-01-18 19:23

    Take chair, then can't sit on bum and do nothing anymore.

  • John - 2012-01-18 19:24

    ANC = Association of National Criminals, Abortion Murder Genocide

      Irene - 2012-01-18 21:10

      Troll alert.

      stivvler - 2012-01-19 09:07

      @mlungisi.botha - You uneducated, naive little person. You say that it is the ANC who gave us free speech? When in fact they are preparing an info bill at this very moment that will take away that very right to free speech!! Care to rethink your comment?

      Newsmonger - 2012-01-19 09:44

      @John no mampara statement today? Seriously do you stock pile your quotes and just copy and paste? In all the months reading I think I have seen a 100 comments from you all copied and pasted.

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  • Amien - 2012-01-18 19:32

    what a disgrace to humanity

  • christian.helberg - 2012-01-18 19:32

    She has total disregard for the law, she should be brought to book on this. Disgraceful

  • Chad - 2012-01-18 19:33

    I'd be so glad if Lady Mokonyane has a load of urine or an object thrown at her during a press conference in front of the public; in fact in front of her cANCer comrades. Hats off to the person who exterminates her and gets away with it.

  • Larry - 2012-01-18 19:35

    And nobody will be held to account for the outrageous behaviour. The "Above the Law mob" stike again

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-18 19:41

    Mine mine mine mine mine mine...........

  • SNG62 - 2012-01-18 19:45

    Time to mobilise & vote the ANC out of office!

      Mike - 2012-01-18 19:56

      Ha, wishfull chance with the millions of brain dead voters out there!!!

  • Col - 2012-01-18 20:05

    Don't F... with the Sheriff. Wonder what happens now. If you're not an MP you don't get to argue with the sheriff. They come and take your possessions with court order then you fight to get it back. If you are an MP the sheriff then has to fight to be able to execute the court order. Send a posse in to back up the sheriff. Take whatever needs to be taken and arrest whoever gets in the way. The downside - The premiers office will now have an excuse for the next 4 years as to why the cannot do their jobs. "We cannot afford new desks, chairs and computers, but we still want pay increases..."

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      bradleybrits - 2012-01-18 20:11

      Cos the ANC own the police.. Kindof like in animal farm

  • Ralph - 2012-01-18 20:09


  • anthony.swart - 2012-01-18 20:12

    This is what happens when a democracy who is the banana in the republic.

  • Lynda - 2012-01-18 20:16

    One has to hope that the rest of the world doesn't take any notice of our news.......though most probably wouldn't believe it. We are an embarassment

  • Angela - 2012-01-18 20:38

    This high and mighty, useless woman will get her day.... ! She's digging her own grave !! Nomvula, you'd better enjoy driving you big, black vehicles now.....' good things don't last forever ' my darling....fact ! Zuma, be careful, very careful who you put in positions in SA's evident that they are all biting you in the proverbial ....!! In other words.....time for the DA to rule....enuff is enuff ! I see my black brothers and sisters suffering more than they ever did, every day, under the current ANC rule.... NB!!!!!!! To those of you who comment on this site.....please do 'spell check' before you post.....some comments just have to be larffed a** !! Grrrrrr....

  • RiekieEr - 2012-01-18 20:43

    It is a disgrace and a travesty of justice. Lock up the minister for contempt of court

  • fholliday1 - 2012-01-18 22:31

    What can I say, african democracy..haven´t we´ve all seen it all before ? This is just a process to take what´s there with no remorse or conscience for the future, what will the young people make of this...if it´s all free grabs for the fortunate few who use thier power to lie, cheat and steal? And have the ANC to back them up, I think we´re fighting a loosing battle with the current state of affairs in ZA, pity cuz it´s my country too.

  • Jimmy - 2012-01-18 23:13

    @Mike "Ha, wishfull chance with the millions of brain dead voters out there!!!" You are 100% correct but this is a perspective: Hendrick Verwoed introduced a system of Bantu Education in to manufacture an army of black people for the unskilled labour market. The ascension to power of the Nats in 1948 helped to codify this into law. It was a coldly calculated mental genocide, a racial cleansing of all faculties of the mind of the black child. This was solely done with the sole purpose that people like yourself could benefit at the expense of the black majority. Your arrogance has its roots steeped in that legacy, which will take generations to undo. Your hypocrisy and stupidity is a mirror of a lot of the majority of your type who have been exposed through similar comments on this platform in the past, smacks of extreme detachment from historical facts. Today, you see yourselves as sophisticated, educated and civilised because you are beneficiaries of that horrendous system and its legacy.

      Wayne - 2012-01-19 07:59

      Jimmy, you are right in a lot of what you have said. However, the ANC have had 17 years to correct the situation. There is simply no excuses left to use and they should be held accountable for their actions (or lack thereof). The state of the Education system in this country is diabolical. NO question about it. Was it the Nats that introduced a 30% pass mark or was it the ANC?

      Kevin.Robb.PieDesigns - 2012-01-19 09:17

      Something few mention. Was it the NATS that reduced the Artisan minimum skills requirements in industry from what was always 4 years training & a minimum of a National Technical Certificate 3 (NTC3) plus the passing of ones trade test to qualify as an artisan. DOWN to an NTC2 certificate & NOW (as of a few years already) to NO NTC certifacte requirements needed except for 6 months practical. So in effect, the backbone of this country which is the manufacturing sector IS DYING A FAST DEATH. Because the incompetant unskilled "Artisans" out there can't do the job, yet demand more pay. Enter the Chinese...who work hard for less & have quality standards in their hands. Soon all those "artisans" will have no jobs!!!

  • Craig - 2012-01-19 00:20

    "We do not agree with what Bloom is saying. She is not being detained. They [Mokonyane's office] have been in talks about the situation since the sheriff got there," Negotiating with the sheriff... thats new! Since when is a court order negotiable on serving?

  • John - 2012-01-19 00:27

    The irony its not even her money..... But I'm sure she got her Christmas bonus on time...

      Jonathan Hol - 2012-01-19 01:34

      @john. Further irony. Even if she did comply with the order it still would have been tax payers money footing the bill. But seeing as she has taken her time and been obtrusive, now there is interest added since judgment and additional costs which guess who has to pay. The fact she has not paid for so long whilst being aware of the order clearly indicates a deficit in her department and clearly poor auditing for not planning for the contingent liability. I wish someone could show these government departments, the ones with poor audits and you know which party runs these, basic accounting.

  • Mary-Lou - 2012-01-19 05:38

    Police state here we are

  • Andrew - 2012-01-19 06:45

    No money to pay bills at hospitals, now this !! What a shambles, these people should be taken before the courts to explain. Had this been a private citizen goods would have been removed pending payment and if no payment made goods would be sold to cover costs. Premier Mokonyane should be removed from office and her entire government placed under adminstration.

  • Vince.York - 2012-01-19 07:23

    AH, those INCONVENIENT COURTS and Court Orders and the slant they give through the media are just all too much for anything connected to the ruling regimes elite. What is the hurry all about anyway - just a Sheriff of the Court carrying out her busy days schedule IN LINE WITH THE LAW OF THE LAND and obviously without ANY other obligations to other duties and processes, and CERTAINLY not more important than an excessive deployed cadre that is successfully depleting a provinces coffers of multi-RBillions through lack of efficiency or ability. Money and it's intrinsic value? What's THAT? Meaningless!!!!!!!

  • Wayne - 2012-01-19 07:54

    Let the law take its course dammit!!!

  • pws69 - 2012-01-19 08:00

    Anyone notice that the Sheriff has also failed to attach ANCYL property, months later. The current ANC leadership doesn't give a f#$k about the law, and neither do the future leaders of the ANC, so why should oridnary, honest, law abiding citizens give a f@#k about the law?

      Wayne - 2012-01-19 11:16

      thats cos they "own" the law........

  • Michele - 2012-01-19 08:07

    The fact of the matter is that they can't pay, there is no more money left to pay, through incompetence, corruption and mismanagement Gauteng is broke, my educated guess is that before the end of this year our provincial government will be under administration. Fancy that ! The wealthiest province has been so badly managed that it is now broke. Already they have been trying their quick fix approaches ( fast cash generators ) random road blocks, en masse fines, ridiculous bills on your electricity and rates and taxes. If this were a public company they would have been criminally prosecuted.

  • Kevin.Robb.PieDesigns - 2012-01-19 08:53

    Beyond a disgrace & beyond shame!!! Just more of the overwhelming evidence of the ANC's incompetance, lack of morality & conscience and just how ALL of the rest of Africa ended up as it has. Lying, cheating, stealing & self entitlement is testimony to a cultures imaturity & difinitive wickedness! Just watch the documentary on Google video called "Africa Addio"...its Africa's shame & SA as the last outpost is fast on its way to being the same. Nations require a moral conscience to be a peacfull, prosperous success.

  • Warwick - 2012-01-19 09:40

    Stinking low lifes the lot of them. Not one ounce of compassion and do not give a stuff about the man in the street. All above the law in their opinions.

  • Patsy - 2012-01-19 09:57

    Does this criminal behaviour never stop? Do these officials honestly believe that they are God figures and above the law. They should all be locked up AND fined very heavily. No wonder this country is in the mess it's in.

  • Johnson - 2012-01-20 06:57

    Shows that some people believe they actually serve the interest of the community - people deserve the government they voted for - corruption, poor administration, nepotism, above the law our beloved ruling party - what a shame they are

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