- The owners of Kaizer Chiefs Football Club, the Motaung family, face a legal drama over unpaid lawyer’s bills
- The family which is considered royalty on the local soccer scene have been slapped with a R3 million lawsuit for the unpaid bills
- Kaizer Snr, his wife Julegka and their son Kaizer Jnr are cited as the defendants in court papers filed by their former lawyers Steve Merchak Attorney
The owners of Kaizer Chiefs Football Club, the Motaung family, face a legal battle over unpaid lawyer’s bills. The family which is considered soccer royalty in South Africa have been slapped with a R3 million lawsuit from their former legal firm.
Kaizer Snr, his wife Julegka and their son Kaizer Jnr are cited as the defendants in court papers filed by their former lawyers Steve Merchak Attorney on Wednesday.
The matter relates to R9.5 million in legal fees of which only R6.5 million has been paid. The legal firm has also suspended their services in all legal matters to the Motaung family effective 2 March 2018.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Merchak is being represented in the matter by Tirhani Tshabalala of Tshabalala Attorneys, Notaries and Conveyancers. Legal papers were filed in the South Gauteng High Court.
According to Merchak, the family entered into an agreement with the law firm in July 2015. The agreement was primarily to provide legal services and advice on behalf of Kaizer Jnr.
As part of the oral agreement between the two parties, it is alleged that the family agreed to pay fees, expenses and charges related to services provided by clerks, assistants and other personnel working for Merchak.
According to Merchak the fees agreed upon were set at R1 750 per hour for sessions with Merchak himself, R1 100 for sessions with associate attorneys, R500 per hour for article clerks and R250 for personal assistants.
These fees excluded the costs of advocates, consultants and other experts.
Other agreed upon fees included company and title deed searches, courier charges, photocopying and faxing costs, travel and accommodation expenses and registration fees.
Merchak’s firm claims to have represented the family in 24 court appearances and actions in various courts across the country between 2016 and 2018.
The papers show that Merchak’s fees had increased each year and by 2018 he was charging R2 150 per hour.
Julegka Motaung said she was unaware of the summons, neither Kaizer Snr or Kaizer Jnr have commented on the matter.
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