Former Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development Terrence Mukupe has applied to the High Court to have the default judgements awarded against him overturned. The default judgements came after Mukupe was taken to court by his children’s school and a Chinese firm who said that he owed $30 000 and $28 000 respectively. Mukuope wants the High Court to rescind the judgements arguing that he has already settled the debts. In his court papers, the former minister says,
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It is my (Mukupe) averment that although summons were served upon me. I did not file an appearance to defend because I had already paid the amount claimed by the respondent (school) in June 2018 directly into respondent’s bank account when I saw a newspaper article about the respondent’s claim.
It is my averment that I paid the respondent $30 000 in June 2018…therefore I had extinguished the amount being claimed by the respondent and there was, therefore, no reason to proceed with claim under case number HC5641/18. It is my averment that I have a good case and prospects of success if my side of the story is told, heard and listened to. In the circumstances, fairness requires the rescission of the default judgment of July 25, 2018.
The matter is still pending.
High Court Grants Default Judgement After Minister Mukupe Ignores Summons In $29 000 School Fees Case