The Port Elizabeth High Court handed down an interdict against a former policeman who allegedly terrorised advocate Candice Mey by sending threatening messages and holding a signboard at busy intersection labelling her an intellectual prostitute.
Judge Nomathamsanqa Beshe interdicted Jacques Gouws, 49, who was ordered to refrain from any form of communication with Mey.
Furthermore, the court made the following ruling against Gouws, of Neopolis Street, South End. He must:
Refrain from visiting Mey’s workplace;
Not display any signs mentioning Mey or publish defamatory or derogatory statements;
Hand over all firearms, ammunition and weapons in his possession to the Humewood police station; and
Pay the costs of the application. Gouws represented himself, while Mey was represented by Advocate Olav Ronaasen, SC, instructed by attorney Lunen Meyer.
Gouws could not be reached yesterday, but Meyer said Gouws had advised him of his intention to appeal against the application and court order.
According to papers before court, Gouws had been sending unsolicited, insulting and threatening text message to Mey since January last year.
As time passed, the frequency of messages increased and also became vulgar, insulting and threatening.
The attack on Mey stemmed from 2014 when she advised Gouws she was unable to assist him with pending court matters involving a long feud between him and his neighbour.