A court has declared a man a vexatious litigant. He previously embarked on an extensive series of unsuccessful court applications, spanning from lower courts up to the Constitutional Court, and demanding compensation ranging from billions to trillions from state departments.
IOL reports that David Chauke, the subject of this ruling, had repeatedly taken legal action against various governmental bodies, including the Minister of Police. In response, the Minister of Police visited the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. He sought an order to prevent Chauke from initiating legal proceedings without prior consent from the court.
The saga of litigation between Chauke and the Minister of Police dates back to 2009, when Chauke first filed a claim for damages of R6 billion against the minister. This claim followed his successful appeal against a 2007 conviction on corruption charges.
Despite several legal setbacks and dismissals, Chauke filed multiple claims and escalated his demands. His attempts included various parties and escalated compensation claims, all consistently rejected by the courts.
Chauke’s actions drew the ire of the courts, with Acting Judge PA van Niekerk declaring his conduct to be a textbook example of vexatious proceedings. The judge noted that Chauke’s claims were irrationally excessive, leading to the inference of malicious intent. The judge emphasized that Chauke’s persistent litigation lacked reasonable grounds and displayed a pattern of baseless legal actions.
In response to Chauke’s relentless litigation, the court ultimately ruled that enough was enough and officially declared him a vexatious litigant. This decision aims to curtail further Chauke’s ability to burden the legal system with unfounded claims.
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