Noble v Government of Namibia and Others (A 311/2012 ) [2012] NAHC 331 (07 December 2012);

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Full judgment

NOT REPORTABLE



REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA

HIGH COURT OF NAMIBIA MAIN DIVISION, WINDHOEK



EX-TEMPORE JUDGMENT



Case no: A 311/2012





In the matter between:



TERRENCE NOBLE .....................................................................................APPLICANT

and

THE GOVERNMENT OF NAMIBIA ..............................................FIRST RESPONDENT

MAGISTRATE MATULICH ......................................................SECOND RESPONDENT

JAN OLIVIER & CO. ....................................................................THIRD RESPONDENT

STANDARD BANK NAMIBIA LIMITED ..................................FOURTH RESPONDENT

NAMIBIAN POLICE STATION COMMANDER

(WALVIS BAY) .............................................................................FIFTH RESPONDENT

MINISTER OF SAFETY AND SECURITY ....................................SIXTH RESPONDENT

DEPUTY-SHERIFF (WALVIS BAY) .....................................SEVENTH RESPONDENT

REGISTRAR OF DEEDS ..........................................................EIGHTH RESPONDENT



Neutral citation: Noble v The Government of Namibia (A 311/2012) [2012] NAHCMD 104 (7 December 2012)



Coram: PARKER AJ

Heard: 7 December 2012

Delivered: 7 December 2012



Flynote: Practice – Applications and motions – Urgent applications – Applicant must satisfy the requirements of rule 6(12)(1)(b) of the rules of court for the matter to be heard on urgent basis – Furthermore, no urgency where urgency is self-created.



Summary: Practice – Applications and motions – Urgent applications – Applicant must satisfy the two requirements of rule 6(12)(12)(b) of the rules of court for the application to be heard as one of urgency – Court finding that applicant has failed to satisfy those requirements – Besides court holding that the urgency is self-created by the culpable remissness of applicant – Consequently, Court dismissing application with costs.



ORDER



The application is struck from the roll with costs; which costs include costs of one instructing counsel and one instructed counsel



JUDGMENT



PARKER AJ:



[1] In this matter the applicant comes to the court by what the applicant characterizes as urgent application, that is, the matter should be heard on urgent basis. The applicant appears in person; Ms Van der Westhuizen appears for the fourth respondent. There are no appearances for the rest of the respondents. They should therefore abide by the decision of the court.



[2] Urgent applications are governed by rule 6(12) of the rules of court; and rule 6(12)(b) provides that in every affidavit or petition filed in support of any application under para (a) of subrule (12) the applicant must set forth explicitly the circumstances which he or she avers render the matter urgent and the reasons why he or she claims that he or she could not be afforded substantial redress at a hearing in due course. The rule entails two requirements: first, the circumstances relating to urgency which must be explicitly set out, and second, the reasons why an applicant could not be afforded substantial redress in due course.



[3] I have read the papers filed of record, including the applicant’s heads of argument. I have considered the papers and oral submissions by the applicant and counsel. On the papers I find that the applicant has not satisfied the two requirements. He has not set out explicitly in his affidavit the circumstances which render the matter urgent. He has also not given reasons why he could be afforded substantial redress in due course. See Salt and Another v Smith 1990 NR 87 at 88A-C.



[4] More important, from the papers I find, as counsel submitted, that the applicant knew as far back February 2012 that he faced ejectment from the property. He has waited for about nine months to rush to court and to pray the court to hear the matter on urgent basis.



[5] I am of the view that urgency in this application is self-created by the culpable remissness on the part of the applicant. Hence, I decline to condone his non-compliance with the rules of court or to hear this application as one of urgency. (See Bergmann v Communal Bank of Namibia Ltd and Another 2001 NR 45).



[6] Whereupon the application is struck from the roll with costs; which costs include costs of one instructing counsel and one instructed counsel.











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C Parker

Acting Judge









APPEARANCES



APPLICANT: In Person





FOURTH RESPONDENT: C Van der Westhuizen

Instructed by Etzold-Duvenhage, Windhoek











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