UPDATE:Making room at the inn

Now, maybe, finally it's really high noon at that East Cape Saloon!

Nigel Owles

In January, while Nigel Owles's lawyers pressed for a temporary sheriff to be appointed to evict Pieter van Wyk, the illegal occupier of his hotel in the Eastern Cape village of Rhodes, they learned that Van Wyk had hurriedly petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein for permission to again appeal his pending eviction.

Four years into the battle, Owles's lawyers once again lodged opposing papers. That's where the matter lay when nose163 went to print.

Early in May they were informed that Van Wyk's petition to appeal had been rejected by the Chief Justice, so they can finally get him evicted. That is, as soon as they can get a sheriff - permanent, acting or temporary - appointed to do the job.

With luck it was happening as this issue went to press.

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