R23 m payout to injured man

By admin
15 August 2013

The Gauteng MEC for education has been ordered by the high court in Pretoria to pay R23,5 million in damages to a judge's son, the Star newspaper reported today.

Christian Rabie (23) suffered various injuries when he fractured his skull during a school playground game 10 years ago.

KwaZulu-Natal Judge Piet Koen was called to adjudicate over how much damages should be awarded to Rabie.

He was awarded R20,2 million for loss of income and earning capacity, R800 000 in general damages, R787 386 towards future medical expenses and an amount of R1,6 million as a 7,5 per cent add-on for the cost of protecting the award, according to the report.

The judge ordered that a trust fund be established to administer the money.

The son of a high court judge, Pierre Rabie, Christian was hurt in a game in which older boys flipped the younger ones into the air in a cricket net.

He was tossed into the air and fell to the ground during a school break period on 31 July 2003, when he was in Grade 8.

The court earlier ruled the department of education was liable for damages.

The department in 2008 appealed against the ruling that it was held 100 per cent liable for damages, but five years ago the court turned down the appeal and said Christian lacked the maturity to realise he could be injured.

He’s now a law student at the University of South Africa.


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