SPYL leaders win legal battle against comrades

04 Aug 2017 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 04 AUG (NAMPA) - An attempt to overturn decisions and resolutions taken by the Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) Central Committee (CC) on 13 May 2017 to nominate Mandela Kapere for the ruling party’s youth wing, has failed.
The application by two members of the SPYL National Executive committee (NEC), Immanuel Nashinge and Sioni Ikela, was Friday morning dismissed by High Court Judge Shafimana Ueitele.
Nashinge and Ikela were also ordered to foot the legal bills of the respondents - SPYL leadership - in respect of the failed application.
Nixon Marcus represented the applicants on instructions of Kadhila Amoomo, while the respondents including SPYL leadership, its acting Secretary Veikko Nekundi, Kapere and the ruling party were represented by South African Senior Counsel, Advocate Vas Soni, assisted by Gilroy Kasper on instructions from Meroro, Kurtz and Kasper law firm.
Nashinge and Ikela wanted the court to issue an order interdicting the youth wing’s leadership and Nekundi from proceeding with the implementation of the resolutions and or decisions, including the convening of the congress taken at the CC meeting.
They asked the court to declare the meeting inconsistent in terms of the SPYL Constitution, unlawful and not properly constituted, while Nekundi’s individual SPYL membership be declared invalid because he is older than 35.
The meeting in their opinion should be reconvened.
Soni strongly argued that the two men’s application was baseless and asked the court to strike it from the roll.