Court name
High Court Main Division
Case number
HC-MD-CIV-ACT-OTH- 1230 of 2022
Title

Shilamba v Chidino Cha Luchindo (Pty) Ltd (HC-MD-CIV-ACT-OTH- 1230 of 2022) [2022] NAHCMD 611 (10 November 2022);

Media neutral citation
[2022] NAHCMD 611
Coram
Coleman J

REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA

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HIGH COURT OF NAMIBIA MAIN DIVISION, WINDHOEK

 

Practice Directive 61

 

Case Title:

CHRISTOPHINA NAMATANGA                1ST PLAINTIFF

SHILAMBA

VICTOR KWENANI                                    2ND PLAINTIFF

HILDE NDESHIHAFELA SHILAMBA         3RD PLAINTIFF

ALBERTINA MWADHINA ABIATAR          4TH PLAINTIFF

 

and

 

CHIDINO CHA LUCHINDO (PTY) LTD    1STDEFENDANT

NDAAMBELELA MAGANO

GIFT KAFULA                                                2ND DEFENDANT

BONIFATIUS AMUTSE                                 3RD DEFENDANT
JERRY SHITENGA                                        4TH DEFENDANT

EUSTACE MUKWENDA PUTEHO            5TH DEFENDANT

EFRAIM PUTEHO                                          6TH DEFENDANT

CECILIA PUTEHO                                         7TH DEFENDANT

Case No:

HC-MD-CIV-ACT-OTH-2022/01230

Division of Court:

HIGH COURT(MAIN DIVISION)

Heard before:

HONOURABLE JUSTICE COLEMAN

Date of Hearing:

28 OCTOBER 2022

Date of Order:

10 NOVEMBER 2022

 

Neutral citation: Shilamba v Chidino Cha Luchindo (Pty) Ltd (HC-MD-CIV-ACT-OTH-2022/01230) [2022] NAHCMD 611 (10 November 2022)

 

 

Results on merits:  Merits not considered.

 

The Order

 

  1. The application for summary judgment is dismissed.

 

  1. The plaintiffs are to pay defendants’ costs jointly and severally, the one paying the other to be absolved, subject to rule 32(11).

 

  1. The matter is postponed to 26 January 2023 at 15h30 for a further case planning conference hearing.

 

Reasons for Orders:

 

COLEMAN J:

 

Introduction

 

[1]      This is an application for summary judgment by shareholders of a company (first defendant) against the second to seventh defendants for payments allegedly received by them from the company.

 

Defences

 

[2]      The defendants resist the application and raise a variety of defences as well as counterclaims. Second defendant essentially alleges that the payments were authorised by the company. Third defendant denies that he received any money from the company. Fourth defendant also denies he received any money from the company. Fifth defendant alleges that he received a legitimate dividend payment from the company.  Sixth Defendant alleges he received payments from fifth defendant and he understood it constituted dividend payments from first defendant. Seventh defendant alleges essentially the same.

 

[3]      Some of the defendants allege they have counterclaims for the rectification of the shareholders’ register of the first defendant.

 

Conclusion

 

[4]      The defences outlined involve a dispute of fact which should not be resolved in summary judgment proceedings. The defences also cannot be said to be not bona fide. It also appears that the counterclaims may have a bearing on the merits of some of the claims which are the subjects of the summary judgment application. As a consequence I do not see it appropriate to grant summary judgment herein.

 

[5]      I make the following order:

 

  1. The application for summary judgment is dismissed.

 

  1. The plaintiffs are to pay defendants’ costs jointly and severally, the one paying the other to be absolved, subject to rule 32(11).

 

  1. The matter is postponed to 26 January 2023 at 15h30 for a further case planning conference hearing.

 

Judge’s signature

Note to the parties:

COLEMAN

Judge

Not applicable.

Counsel:

Plaintiffs

Defendants

Ms Brinkman

Of LorentzAngula Inc., Windhoek

 

Ms Rieth

Instructed by Metcalfe Beukes Attorneys, Windhoek