Kaizer Motaung, Kaizer Chiefs founder and chairman, is locked in a legal batter with the family’s former lawyer after a sheriff attached R375 000 from his bank account last November using a subpoena issued by South Gauteng High Court.
According to Sowetanlive’s Sunday World, the attachment follows a default judgement granted against Motaung by the court on 20 September last year, for payment of the sum of R3 055 188 plus interest and legal costs.
The bill was alleged owed for legal services rendered into their son Kaizer Motaung Jnr.
Sunday World added that the family’s former lawyer, Steve Merchak, has vowed to attach further assets belonging to Motaung Snr, to satisfy the court judgement.
Sunday World said these events have now triggered a legal fightback by the Motaungs, who filed an 800-page counter application against Merchak and Christmas eve. They plan to set aside the default judgement together with various other orders against the former attorney.
Motaung’s counter application:
- They asked the court to set aside all attachments of assets and an order that the R375 000 taken from Motaung Snr’s bank account be returned.
- They want the fee agreement signed by Motaung’s Snr’s wife, Julegka be declared not binding on the joint estate of Motaung Snr and his wife.
- They want Merchak’s legal bill to be assessed by an independent expert and that he pay the legal costs of the application on a punitive scale
Sunday World said the attachment orders were all obtained against Motaung’s Snr’s bank accounts and assets, which has enraged the football icon and his family.
Motaung Snr argued in the papers that he cannot be held liable for the R3m legal bill raked in by his son, Kaizer Jnr, and neither can his joint estate with his wife. He said he had not consented for his wife to enter an agreement with Steve Merchak Attorneys to represent his son.
He also argued that even though they helped Jnr pay some of his legal bills, it did not mean they as parents had accepted liability for the bills. He argues that the bills are “heavily disputed”.
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