Decide Nomonde Mngqibisa-Thusi of the Gauteng Excessive Court docket reserved judgment in February 2021
- Zeal Well being Improvements took the Division of Army Veterans to courtroom for allegedly failing to pay greater than R15-million in invoices.
- The matter was heard on the Pretoria Excessive Court docket in February 2021. Judgment was reserved on 21 February 2021.
- Nineteen months have since handed and Decide Nomonde Mngqibisa-Thusi has nonetheless not handed down a judgment on this case.
- The Workplace of the Chief Justice has not responded to our request for touch upon why this judgment is so late.
This week we ran an article on late judgments throughout South African courts. On the finish of December 2021, nationally there have been 156 courtroom judgments excellent for at the least six months, and 830 reserved judgments excellent in whole.
One instance of a late judgment from this listing is a case involving a dispute between the Division of Army Veterans and a well being providers firm. The corporate claims the division did not pay it for offering medical care and counselling to navy veterans in 2015.
The matter was heard on the Gauteng Division of the Excessive Court docket in Pretoria on 8 and 9 February 2021, and judgment was reserved by Decide Nomonde Mngqibisa-Thusi on 21 February 2021. Nineteen months later, she has nonetheless not delivered judgment on the matter.
The corporate, Zeal Well being Improvements, took the division to courtroom over non-payment for healthcare providers it supplied to navy veterans from June to August 2015. Greater than R15-million is being disputed.
The division, in response, filed an utility difficult the validity of the R200-million contract its officers signed with Zeal Well being.
Though the judicial norms and requirements state that judgments must be handed down inside three months of being reserved, GroundUp has used a extra lenient six-month benchmark and has been reporting late judgments since 2017.
Based on the last available list on late judgments, printed on the finish of December 2021, the Pretoria Excessive Court docket had ten judgments greater than six months late, of which the matter between Zeal Well being and the Division is the second longest excellent judgment. The longest excellent judgment at this courtroom was reserved only a month earlier on 26 January 2021 by Decide Natvarlal Ranchod –nearly two years in the past.
Based on a previous list, on the finish of September 2021, the Pretoria Excessive Court docket solely had three late judgments. This implies the variety of late judgments greater than tripled inside simply three months.
We requested the Workplace of the Chief Justice for touch upon why Decide Mngqibisa-Thusi has not but delivered judgment within the matter involving Zeal Well being Improvements and the Division of Army Veterans however, regardless of offering ample time, haven’t acquired a response.
Because the listing was final up to date on 31 December 2021 (and is predicated on an honour system through which judges are anticipated to report their reserved judgments), we’re unsure of whether or not there are additional instances which were excellent for such a protracted time period.