A recent judgment from the Pretoria High Court. The applicant claimed that the respondent was in contempt in that he failed to make payment of the City of Tshwane account as ordered by Van der Schyff J on 15 February 2022, leading to the power supply being cut off. The respondent has separately launched a rule 4396) application.
Marumoagae AJ was at the outset critical of the parties for failing to meaningfully engage in good faith to find an amicable solution, instead of resorting to expensive litigation. He stated that this application was not the most adequate route to pursue, and that a collaborative approach to the resolution of legal disputes is one of the alternative dispute resolution mechanisms that can be used to resolve family disputes.
Contempt was not established, and the application was dismissed.