Jack Bloom MPL
DA Leader, Gauteng Legislature
The Sheriff of the court visited Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane’s offices 40 times since June last year to serve notices, including claims for payment totalling R58.5 million.
This is revealed by Mokonyane in a written reply to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature.
The largest claim was for R20 million served in August last year for the pending case of Mthendona Fellowmen vs Premier and Department of Health.
In October last year Mbokoda Construction and 9 others served court papers for breach of contract against the Department of Roads and Transport, claiming R7.5 million.
Merchant West also served court documents five times for breach of contract and rental, claiming R2.9 million in total.
There were the following medical negligence cases:
- On 18 February this year, Sara Kedienetse Feni served summons for a R15 million medical negligence case.
- On 25 February this year, Karen Keating claimed R1.121 million for medical negligence in terms of a court judgement handed down on 18 December 2009.
- On 20 March this year, the Sheriff went to the Premier’s official residence to force a R5.363 million payment to Mr Nicolaas van Niekerk for brain damage suffered at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.
The total penalty interest because of late payments ordered by the court amounts to R434 000.
Mokonyane has a shameful record of ignoring court orders until a Sheriff arrives to attach the furniture.
The high number of claims for large amounts of money points to poor administration which is draining the treasury unnecessarily
Mokonyane needs to drastically improve the prevention and management of legal claims against the provincial government.