IN THE HIGH COURT OF SOUTH AFRICA
(GAUTENG DIVISION, JOHANNESBURG)
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
CASE NO: 42242/2021
(1) REPORTABLE: NO
(2) OF INTEREST TO OTHER JUDGES: NO
(3) REVISED: NO
(4) DATE: 25 MAY 2023
(5) SIGNATURE: ML SENYATSI
In the matter between:
COETZEE LAWRENCE OWEN
COETZEE LYN OSWALD
COETZEE ANDRE LEANDER
Neutral Citation: Coetzee Lawrence Owen and Others (Pty) Ltd v Nedbank Limited (Case No: 42242/2021)  ZAGPJHC 566 (25 May 2023).
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the Judgment is deemed to be delivered.
 This is an application for leave to appeal the money judgment granted in favour of the respondent, Nedbank, on the 24th of January 2023 wherein the court held that the respondent had successfully proved its case.
 The applicants raised several grounds in support of appealing the judgment and contend that another court will come to a different conclusion.
 The issue for determination is whether the appeal would have a reasonable prospect of success in terms of s17 of the Superior Courts Act 10 of 2013(“the Act”). If the answer is positive to this question, then leave to appeal should be granted, but if it is negative, application for leave to appeal must be refused.
 The application for leave to appeal is regulated by s 17(1)(a) (i) and (ii) of the Act which states that :
“17. (1) leave to appeal may only be given where the judge or judges concerned are of the opinion that-
(i) the appeal would have a reasonable prospect of success; or
(ii) there is some other compelling reason why the appeal should be heard, including conflicting judgments on the matter under consideration;”
 Our courts have given the true meaning of what is sought to be proven as stated in section 17(1). In Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions and Others v Democratic Alliance v Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions and Others1 the court said the following:
“The Superior Court has raised the bar for granting leave to appeal in The Mont Chevaux Trust (IT 201/28) v Tina Goosen & 18 Others, Bertelsmann J held as follows:
‘It is clear that the threshold for granting leave to appeal against a judgment of a High Court has been raised in the new Act. The former test whether leave to appeal should be granted was a reasonable prospect that another court might come to a different conclusion see Van Heerden v Cronwright & Others 1985 (2) SA 342 (T) at 343H. The use of the word ‘would’ in the new statute indicates a measure of certainty that another court will differ from the court whose judgment is sought to be appealed against.”
 In Mount Chevaux Trust v Goosen2, the court explains the test as follows:
“ The principle to be adopted in applications for leave to appeal has been codified in section 17(1) of the Superior Courts Act 10 of 2013 (‘the new Act’) and is, inter alia, ‘whether the appeal would have a reasonable prospect of success’. Bertelsmann J, in The Mont Chevaux Trust (IT 2012/28) v Tina Goosen & 18 Others LCC14R/2014, (an unreported judgment of this Court delivered on 3 November 2014) in considering whether leave to appeal ought to be granted in that matter, held that the threshold for granting leave to appeal had been raised in the new Act. Bertelsmann J found that the use of the word ‘would’ in the new Act indicated a measure of certainty that another Court will differ from the Court whose judgment is sought to be appealed against. Consequently, the bar set in the previous test, which required ‘a reasonable prospect that another Court might come to a different conclusion’, has been raised by the new Act and this then, is the test to be applied in this matter.”
 In Matoto v Free State Gambling and Liquor Authority3, the court referred to Mount Chevaux Trust with approval and said that:
“…there can be no doubt that the bar for granting leave to appeal has been raised. The use by the legislature of the word ‘only’ … is a further indication of a more stringent test.”
 In S v Notshokovu4 the Supreme Court of Appeal reaffirmed that:
“an appellant …faces a higher and stringent threshold in terms of the Act compared to the provisions of the repealed Supreme Court Act 59 of 1959”
 In S v Smith Plasket5 AJA explained the meaning of ‘a reasonable prospect of success’ as follows:
“What the test of reasonable prospect of success postulates is a dispassionate decision, based on the facts and the law, that a court of appeal could reasonably arrive at a conclusion different to that of the trial court. In order to succeed, the appellant must convince this court on proper grounds that he has prospects of success on appeal and that these prospects are not remote but have a realistic chance of succeeding. More is required to be established than there is mere possibility of success, that the case is arguable on appeal or that the case cannot be categorised as hopeless. There must, in other words, be a sound, rational basis for the conclusion that there are prospects of success on appeal.”
 In Pretoria Society of Advocates and Others v Nthai6 the court held that:
“The enquiry as to whether leave should be granted is twofold. The first step that a court seized with such application should do is to investigate whether there are any reasonable prospects that another court seized with the same set of facts would reach a different conclusion. If the answer is in the positive the court should grant leave to appeal. But if the answer is negative, the next step of the enquiry is to determine the existence of any compelling reason why the appeal should be heard.”
Based on the authorities referred to above it is apparent that our courts have been consistent in the application of the test on whether leave to appeal should be granted.
 The liberal approach to grant leave by courts is discouraged as being inconsistent with s17 of the Act. For instance, in Mothule Inc Attorneys v The Law Society of the Northern Provinces and Another7, the Supreme Court of Appeal stated as follows regarding the trial court’s liberal approach on granting leave to appeal:
“It is important to mention my dissatisfaction with the court a quo’s granting of leave to appeal to this court. The test is simply whether there are any reasonably prospects of success in an appeal. It is not whether a litigant has an arguable case or mere possible of success.”
 More importantly, the approach is now also developed that if the inquiry into whether the appeal would not have a reasonable prospect of success, the court must now also inquire whether it is in the interests of justice that the appeal should be heard.
 In the instant case, the Court considered all the papers before it and exercised its discretion judicially to come to its conclusion as it did. I am of the view that there is no prospect that the appeal would have a reasonable prospect of success. Accordingly, the requirements of s17 of the Act have not been met and application for leave to appeal must fail. I say so because there was never any denial that the funds were disbursed in terms of the agreement between the parties and that the defence such as a non-fulment of the suspensive conditions as contended by the applicant was misplaced.
 The following order is made:
Application for leave to appeal is refused and the applicants are ordered to pay the costs on an attorney and client scale.
JUDGE OF THE HIGH COURT OF SOUTH AFRICA
GAUTENG DIVISION, JOHANNESBURG
DATE LEAVE TO APPEAL JUDGMENT RESERVED: 26 April 2023
DATE JUDGMENT DELIVERED: 25 May 2023
Counsel for the Applicant: Adv M De Oliveira
Instructed by: KWA Attorneys
Counsel for the
Respondents: Adv AJ Venter
Instructed by: Witz Incorporated
2 2014 JDR 2325 (LCC)
5 2012 (1) SACR 567 (SCA) at para 7
6 2020 (1) SA 267 (LP) at 
Cited documents 3
- Mothuloe Incorporated Attorneys v Law Society of the Northern Province and Another (213 of 2016)  ZASCA 17 (22 March 2017)
- Notshokovu v S (157 of 2015)  ZASCA 112 (7 September 2016)