On 24 July 2020 His Lordship Mr Justice Wright of the Gauteng Local Division of the Johannesburg High Court granted an order, by agreement between MSA (and the other applicants) and Mr Steve Wyndham, confirming that Mr Wyndham is in contempt of the court order granted by Her Ladyship Madam Justice Kathree-Setiloane on 21 January 2020 (“the court order”).
Mr Wyndham was ordered to comply with the court order and ordered to make payment of a fine of R100 000.00, the payment of which is suspended on condition that Mr Wyndham does not act in contempt of the court order again. Mr Wyndham was also directed to pay MSA’s (and the other applicants’) costs on the punitive attorney and client scale, which costs are payable immediately upon being either formally taxed or an agreement being reached with Mr Wyndham.
MSA is thrilled to see various posts on various social media platforms from its competitors, teams and officials who are clearly very enthusiastic and excited to commence racing again. Mr Wyndham is clearly very passionate about racing (as is the rest of the motorsport community) but that passion should not and will not be permitted to result in a deluge of defamation. It is unfortunate that Mr Wyndham and certain other individuals have used various social media platforms to engage in defaming others – this is not, in MSA’s view, the purpose of “social media”. MSA is confident that these individuals fall into the minority as most of the South African motorsport community can talk about little else other than wanting to go racing again.
MSA looks forward to seeing all motorsport stakeholders again very soon at the races.