“DUPED” SHAREHOLDERS MAY APPLY FOR WINDING-UP ORDER – SECTION 81(1)(e) OF THE COMPANIES ACT 71 OF 2008 Pinfold v Edge to Edge Global Investments Ltd 2014 (1) SA 206 KZD
Keywords:directors of a company, company's assets, shareholders of a company
In what is the first case of its kind that to have come before the South African courts the shareholders in Pinfold v Edge to Edge Global Investments Ltd (2014 (1) SA 206 KZD) were granted permission by the KwaZulu Natal High Court (Durban) to wind up Edge to Edge Global Investments, a public company on allegations of fraud committed by the directors of the company. The application was brought before the court in terms of section 81(1)(e) of the Companies Act 71 of 2008. The decision is significant as it provides insight as to what the courts would consider to be fraudulent, illegal and a misuse or waste of the company's assets by the directors of a company, and what the shareholders of a company need to prove in order to be successful in an application based on section 81(1)(e) of the Act.
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