2009-06-19: Minister's assets to be seized

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2009-06-19: Minister's assets to be seized

Postby GOSA » Wed, 2009-06-24 10:22

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Minister's assets to be seized
2009-06-19 14:11

Kimberley ­ The Northern Cape High Court has ordered the local
deputy-sheriff to seize property from the minister of safety and security
to pay two men who were unlawfully arrested, the Volksblad newspaper
reported on Friday.

The report said the warrant indicated the local sheriff's office must seize
the minister's personal effects, at the address of the provincial police
commissioner, and sell it at a public auction until an amount of R367
886.63 plus interest had been collected.

This followed a six-month delay during which the minister failed to pay a
claim in favour of a grape farmer and his manager for being unlawfully

Judge CJ Olivier held on December 19 last year that R130 000 plus interest
should be paid to Cassie van der Westhuizen, 44, of Kakamas.

His farm manager Martin Spangenberg, 27, should be paid R100 000 plus
interest due to the unfair treatment.

The claim against the police related to an incident in September 2006 when
Constable Desmond Pofadder arrested the two men, without a warrant, at
their homes on the farm and threw them in a police van.

Pofadder apparently arrested the men in connection with the alleged assault
of a minor four days earlier.

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