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Dept seeks to save cars from sheriff

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“As a result hereof, it would be greatly appreciated if you would grant us indulgence herein and to keep the execution of the notice of attachment in abeyance.”

THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Education is experiencing “severe financial constraints”, where it requested that a notice to attach its vehicles last week be held in abeyance until it is able to secure funds from Treasury.

The department was ordered to implement an arbitration award whereupon the sheriff of the court was instructed to attach its assets.

In a letter to the instructing attorney, the department indicated on March 11 that it was not “in a position” to pay the award before the end of the month.

The director of legal services stated that it would only be able to effect payment in the new financial year as from April, as advised by Treasury.

“As a result hereof, it would be greatly appreciated if you would grant us indulgence herein and to keep the execution of the notice of attachment in abeyance.”

The department indicated that the vehicles that were written for attachment are part of the government fleet.

“Ownership does not vest with us but that of the government fleet. The department will in the meantime ensure that all administrative work is finalised regarding the compilation of payment and will be in a position to affect payment to your client directly through the persal system by mid-April, the latest being the end of April.”