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AFU gets woman's estate frozen pending trial

Publish date: 25 August 2011
Issue Number: 2867
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Category: In Court

The Eastern Cape High Court (Port Elizabeth) has ordered that the estate of Anna Deborah Oosthuizen (59) be frozen on the eve of her fraud and theft trial, with members of the AFU saying they wanted to ensure there was enough money available to repay her alleged victim.

The Herald reports Oosthuizen is due to go on trial next week in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court. In June 2007 Lynn Keppler bought Oosthuizen's hair salon. However, Keppler subsequently discovered that the monthly rental was R10 000 more than what was reflected in the statements supplied by Oosthuizen. Keppler then cancelled the purchase contract - but not before handing over a cheque for R350 000. The AFU said in papers before the court that the unit wanted to freeze enough of Oosthuizen's estate so that it could, if the court ordered it, repay Keppler the present-day value of the R350 000 she had lost. The report notes Oosthuizen's trial will start on 29 August. Full report in The Herald (subscription needed)