Absa in court bid to get its money back from ex-soccer star
Football’s scarlet pimpernel Jabu “Shuffle” Mahlangu and his wife Nomxolisi Pule are being shuffled out of their marital stadium by the bank.
Mahlangu and his wife have been dragged to the high court in Joburg by Absa Bank and Absa Home Loans Guarantee after failing to pay over the nearly R700 000 loan they borrowed on July 7 2016.
Absa, which is the first plaintiff in the case, advanced a R690 000 personal loan to the couple after asking Absa Home Loans Guarantee, a second plaintiff, to guarantee their indebtedness to the bank.
According to court papers filed by the two institutions’ lawyers, Smit Sewgoolam Incorporated, the former Kaizer Chiefs star and his wife used their Brakpan Noord Extension 9 house as security.
The couple was expected to pay R8 000 in monthly instalments for 240 months.
But the duo failed to service the loan and were almost R100 000 in arrears after defaulting for at least 11 months.
“The defendants’ account has been in delinquent status for 751 days. Notwithstanding demand, the defendants failed and/or neglected and/or refused to pay the aforesaid amount to the first plaintiff.
As at 7 February 2019 the amount of the defendants’s indebtedness to the first plaintiff is the sum of R734 692 together with further interest and costs,” read the papers.
The institutions are pleading with the court to grant them an order to force the SuperSport soccer commentator and his wife to pay them the total capital amount plus 10.41% interest per annum and interests from February 8 or grant them an order declaring the house executable.
They have asked the court to request the lovers to show reason why their house shouldn’t be declared executable after failing to honour their loan agreement with the banks.
Mahlangu, who used to go by the surname Pule, went into a tirade when asked for comment.
“You have been sent by white people to write negative things about we black celebrities. How come you don’t write about white rugby and cricket players? For the record, I don’t bank with Absa, but with FNB and I have not obtained any loan from Absa bank. I will speak to my legal team and ask you to explain how you got hold of those papers,” he said.
Smit Sewgoolam’s Kobus Opperman confirmed a summons had been served and the lawyers were waiting for the couple to file a motion of notice to defend.
By Ngwako Malatji