The matter stems from a ruling made by Judge Vincent Saldanha on October17, 2017, in which an order of attachment was granted for the immovable property in Cape Town belonging to Obiang. At the time of the judgment, he was the first vice-president and minister of defence and security in the government of Equatorial Guinea.
His properties in Bishop Court and Clifton were attached to be auctioned off to settle a R75million civil claim Daniel Janse van Rensburg had launched against Obiang for wrongful arrest.
Janse van Rensburg was jailed in the notorious Black Beach prison in Equatorial Guinea for about two years despite being cleared by a court of theft charges. In papers he claimed the prison was under the command and control of Obiang. He was accused of stealing R1m from a local businessman and politician and released in September 2015.
In papers, Janse van Rensburg alleged that he had been brutalised to the extent that he suffered permanent physical impairment. His ordeal lasted for 423 days.