Court gives Aurora directors more time
Tuesday 26 August 2014 – 12:31pm
PRETORIA – A case involving the directors of Aurora Empowerment Systems will most likely be heard in March 2015.
This after the North Gauteng High Court granted permission for the case to be postponed and agreed to the late filing of papers.
Judge Eberhard Bertelsmann said that although he was concerned that the affidavits of the Aurora directors were filed “substantially out of time” he had to grant the postponement.
He accepted that directors Thulani Ngubane, Zondwa Mandela and Aurora business partners Fazel and Suliman Bhana had run out of money, leading to the late filing of court papers.
Judge Bertelsmann also accepted that Khulubuse Zuma had been unable to file his papers on time because he had changed legal representatives and also did not receive all the documents from the applicants in the case – the Pamodzi liquidators.
Judge Bertelsmann decided not to give a punitive cost order, which would have resulted in the directors having to pay a considerable amount in legal fees.
However, he said his court order would make a note that the directors and the Bhanas would have to pay for three wasted court days.
The proposed court date – of 23 March 2015 – still has to be checked against the court diary, however the case is likely to go ahead on that date and carry on for a week.