A Witbank angling club has obtained an interdict to stop an alleged noisy and aggressive former member from entering the premises or threatening and intimidating the club’s members.
The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria granted an interdict to Wolwekrans Hengelklub to stop Middelburg angler Danny Muller entering the club’s premises at Olifants River in Witbank.
Muller may also not contact any of the club committee members other than through their attorneys and was interdicted from threatening, defaming, intimidating, harassing or assaulting any of the club’s members.
The court also granted a punitive cost order against Muller. The club chairperson, Witbank boilermaker Gabriel van Rheede van Oudtshoorn, said in court papers Muller’s membership of the club was terminated in October last year because of misconduct involving creating unnecessary discord by “spreading lies” about the club finances and accusing the committee and its members of fraud.
His membership was also terminated after complaints that he and his friends allegedly abused alcohol, made excessive noise and disturbed the other club members and for being “generally aggressive” and creating an unpleasant environment for other members.
He said many of the club’s members were “intimidated to the point of being scared” of Muller.
According to Van Oudtshoorn, Muller used to have the use of a small open hut on a piece of ground allocated to him, but lost this right when his membership was terminated.
After being asked to remove his belongings from the stand, Muller allegedly arrived uninvited at a club competition, announced that he did not accept his exclusion and was “so aggressive and unpleasant” that the majority of the club’s members left.
Muller and his wife had also arrived at a further meeting held to discuss his exclusion.
“They shouted at us, were intensely insulting and informed all present that they would not be able to get rid of him and they would have to obtain an interdict against him,” he added.
Van Oudtshoorn said Muller’s conduct threatened the very future of the club.