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Court orders sale of HHP’s house, payment of R775 000 in arrears

Late rap superstar HHP’s production company looks set to lose the house he bought for failing to repay the mortgage bond he took with Nedbank after his death. Photo: ANA

Late rap superstar HHP’s production company looks set to lose the house he bought for failing to repay the mortgage bond he took with Nedbank after his death. Photo: ANA

Published May 13, 2022

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Johannesburg - Late rap superstar Hip Hop Pantsula’s production company must pay Nedbank over R775 000 for falling into arrears in repaying the financial institution for his mortgage bond.

Hip Hop Pantsula Production, a close corporation whose sole director was Jabulani Tsambo (HHP’s real name), has been ordered to pay Nedbank R775 661.86 with interest at a rate of 9.30% per annum, compounded monthly in arrear from February 2019 to the date of final payment.

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South Gauteng High Court Acting Judge Mabaeng Lenyai also declared the immovable property in Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg specially executable.

In papers filed in court, Nedbank said HHP Production, which was represented by law firm Lawtons Africa, breached the agreement of loan for failing to repay the required monthly instalments in full and punctually towards the bank, and that the full outstanding amount became due and owing as a result of failure to pay despite repeated requests.

In response to the legal action, HHP Production told the court that the rapper, who committed suicide in October 2018, was the sole member of the company and his estate must first be wound up before the debts he incurred can be attended to.

His legal team also argued that, as a result of the passing of the sole member of HHP Production the company had been unable to pay the monthly instalments and that his death constituted a supervening impossibility.

The lawyers also told Acting Judge Lenyai that Nedbank was in possession of a life insurance which should cover the outstanding balance owed to it.

Nedbank, represented by Lowndes Dlamini Attorneys, was less than sympathetic, stating that that its agreement was with HHP Production and not its sole member and therefore its inability to make payment of the monthly instalments did not constitute an impossibility in law.

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The bank added that the life insurance was not relevant to the facts before court as it related to the deceased member and not HHP Production.

”The defences by the defendant (HHP Production) are rejected by the court and they do not raise any issue for trial,” Acting Judge Lenyai found.

On Tuesday last week, the acting judge also ordered the registrar of the high court to issue the warrant of execution in respect of the property.

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