Advocate Julie Seton and I have each made applications for Protection Orders against each other. Our first appearance, in this latest round of legal matters, happens today in the Knysna Magistrates Court.
Her objection is to my articles about her on Knysna Keep which she considers defamatory. My objection is to her and her alleged associates use of Knysna Knews and other Facebook pages to allegedly defame me and hurt our town with false information.
Rather than wait over a month for the first court date, I gave notice of anticipation of the return date, essentially forcing the matter forward to today. Whether there will be delays, I can’t tell.
I can’t comment on the merits of the cases but I can show you my whopping response affidavit. It was a helluva effort to write a 50-page affidavit and compile almost 300 pages of evidence in a short space of time. Just to print and deliver it cost R1000, paid for with an emergency FNB loan. If it wasn’t for the help of my dad, a subscriber and two taxi drivers (who let me pay later), I’d never have made it through the past week.
Thanks to the ladies at the Sheriff’s office for being polite and professional. That doesn’t always happen for me in our Knysna justice system.
I, again, will be forced to represent myself.
Undoubtedly, there will be more court cases coming.
Court is challenging for those without money. There are much worse off than me because not only don’t they have money, they don’t have the education or equipment to try to cope with the challenge.
It’s guaranteed that there are many people in jail who don’t belong there.
That’s a further uncomfortable thought for me considering the claimed intentions, on rogue Facebook pages, to jail me.
Keep your comments clean and far from anything that could be reinterpreted as defamatory as I can’t afford a Magistrate considering anything prejudicial. Well wishes are acceptable 🙂