Northern Property One CC v Mulilo (HC-NLD-CIV-ACT-DEL -2018/00160) [2019] NAHCNLD 66 (08 July 2019);

Group

Full judgment

The order:

1.   The application for summary judgment is dismissed with costs; and

2.   The parties must proceed in the normal cause.

Reasons for Order:

CHEDA J:

[1]  Summary judgment is a drastic procedure which should be granted only where plaintiff has a clear case on the papers as it puts the case to finality.

[2]  Where the defence is based on new facts or disputed facts, the court’s enquiry is not merely based on :

a)   the principles of the balance of probabilities. The question is whether defendant has disclosed the                nature and grounds of his defence and all material facts upon which it is founded or;

b)   whether on the facts disclosed the defendant appears to have as to either the whole or part of the                claim a bona fide defence and is good in law.

In my view defendant has raised new material facts which are in dispute and the matter cannot be resolved on the papers and therefore it should proceed to trial.

It is due to the abovementioned reasons that the following order is made:

  1. The application for summary judgement is dismissed with costs; and

  2. The matter must proceed in the normal cause.

 

M CHEDA

JUDGE                                                                                                                     

APPEARANCES

APPLICANT:                              Ms W Horn

                                                   Of W Horn Attorneys,

                                                   Oshakati                                        

RESPONDENT:                         Mr G Japhet

                                                   Of Amupolo & Co. Inc.,

                                                   Ondangwa

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