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Sheriff leaves liquor board empty-handed

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The sheriff will now attach the bank account as it was unable to source any assets that could be attached.

Picture: Danie van der Lith

THE SHERIFF of the court has been instructed to attach the banking accounts of the Northern Cape Liquor Board as it was unable to source any assets that could be attached, for a writ of execution, yesterday.

A lawyer’s letter from R Rabie Attorneys, dated August 26, requested the sheriff of the court to urgently attach all movable property, including all office furniture and equipment, immediately and to use the proceeds of the sale of the goods to offset payments.

The sheriff was informed that the client, Joseph Reed, has been waiting for almost a year for the attachment order to be executed.

Reed sought a cost order for loss of income after his business, Pub No Name, was not granted a liquor licence in 2004.

He applied through the court to obtain copies of transcripts, minutes of meetings and audio records relating to the adjudication and consequent refusal of his application.

His attorney, Rufus Rabie, stated that they left empty-handed yesterday as there were only tables and chairs inside the liquor board offices in De Beers Road.

He notified the sheriff of the court that should the assets or property of the liquor board not fulfil the amount of two attachment orders, that their banking accounts be attached.

“Thereafter, the payment and transfer of the attached amount should be paid to the judgment creditor.”

The Northern Cape High Court authorised a writ of execution on August 15 to seize assets to the value of R34 822.25 from the offices of the Northern Cape Liquor Board and sell it on public auction.

It was ordered that interest could be charged on the outstanding amount, dating back to June 26, 2019, plus interest at a rate of 15.5 percent from September 14, 2018 to August 15, 2019 in the amount of R4 909.46, in addition to the costs incurred of the execution order to the sum of R598.50.

A second writ of execution was issued on the same day, for the sheriff of the court to attach the movable assets of the Northern Cape Liquor Board amounting to R62 631.52 for the taxed bill of costs, dated June 26, 2019, plus interest charged at a rate of 15.5 percent from September 14, 2019 to August 15, 2019 to the amount of R8 830.18 and R598.50 for the costs of the writ of execution.

The CEO of the Northern Cape Liquor Board, Rudessa Stadhouer-Andrews, stated that they had a cost order against Reed.”The matter is before the court for rescission.”