Hi there and thank you for your question,
I will try to assist you with your legal question but please feel free to ask as many follow up questions as you like until you are 100% satisfied.
First off, your constitutional rights are very different to your close corporation's constitutional rights, so you were not entirely right in trying to argue that.
BUT, what I can tell you is that you (as a member of a close corporation) are legally entitled to represent the close corporation in court - without you being an attorney.
Technically the Magistrate was INCORRECT in granting a default judgment against the close corporation.
My advice is that you apply for a rescission of the default judgment. You'll need to depose to an affidavit where you set out your reasons, but basically your argument would be that you were in attendance at court, you wanted to represent your close corporation, and the Magistrate refused. You will also need to set out in your affidavit that your close corporation has a defence to the claim, and you'll need to explain what that defence is! That's very important.
I wouldn't bother asking the Magistrate for reasons as to the default judgment. I think that it was granted simply because the Magistrate felt that the close corporation was not represented in court. Therefore the default judgment.
You can also report the Magistrate's actions to the department of justice. No Magistrate should carry on like that.
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