MSA and others to pursue further legal action against Mr Steve Wyndham for not adhering to court order to stop untruthful statements on social media.
Motorsport South Africa (MSA) has not received Mr Steve Wyndham’s answering affidavit following an urgent court order granted in its favour and of other parties interdicting him from publishing any further posts or comments concerning them on social media.
The interim court order, which will now become a final court order, related to defamatory, untruthful and reckless statements made by Mr Wyndham on social media concerning the applicants. The court ordered these posts and comments (dating back to 12 December 2019) to be removed and interdicted Mr Wyndham from making any further statements or comments concerning them on social media.
The interim court order was granted on 21 January 2020 and was agreed to by Mr Wyndham and his legal representatives. Mr Wyndham requested that he be afforded 21 days to answer the allegations contained in the founding affidavit. However, no answer has, to date, been forthcoming.
The applicants are now entitled to set the matter down on the unopposed court roll and to obtain a final order against Mr Wyndham. The interim court order also entitles the applicants to recover the costs of the urgent application from Mr Wyndham on a punitive scale.
Mr Wyndham is in contempt of the interim court order and has continued to author and publish statements on social media in breach of the interim court order. An application is being prepared to have Mr Wyndham declared to be in contempt of the interim court order.
If he is found to be in contempt of the interim court order, it could result in him being committed for a term of imprisonment. Says Anton Roux, chairman of MSA: “This matter has taken valuable management time away from MSA’s core focus of developing and promoting motorsport in South Africa. It also risks perpetuating incorrect and untruthful perceptions about MSA, its directors and management, its mandate and the many people who provide their time and expertise free of charge.
“We welcome the interim order of the High Court and will approach the High Court to recover the costs from Mr Wyndham. We will also support the application to have Mr Wyndham held in contempt of the High Court’s order as there is a demonstrable lack of respect for the interim court order by Mr Wyndham.”
MSA remains committed to the fair and equal promotion and management of motorsport in South Africa. For background to this statement, please reference: https://motorpress.co.za/distribute/7832/render and https://motorpress.co.za/distribute/7853/render
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