Mrs In­dia SA de­mands prizes


THE newly-crowned Mrs In­dia South Africa win­ner is tak­ing the pageant di­rec­tors to court af­ter they al­legedly failed to hon­our her prizes, in­clud­ing a car.

Cape Town med­i­cal doc­tor Saumya Ti­wari Gau­tam, 31, who was born in In­dia and re­lo­cated to South Africa two years ago, in­tends su­ing An­nu­lutch­mee Thaver and Deon Ganas, of Mrs In­di­aSouth Africa CC, for da­m­ages amount­ing to more than R1.2mil­lion. The sum­mons was is­sued on Fri­day.

Thaver and Ganas, who re­side in Durban, have 10 days to re­ply.

Gau­tam claims she had shown in­ter­est in the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter it was ad­ver­tised; and that the win­ner would re­ceive a new VW Jetta val­ued at R300 000 and other prizes val­ued at R500 000.

She is now re­quest­ing that the ve­hi­cle be de­liv­ered, or al­ter­na­tively the cur­rent value of the car, be­ing the sum of R419 000, be paid.

Gau­tam, rep­re­sented by Ra­jesh Hi­ralall At­tor­neys, said that prior to the pageant, she was of­fered a com­mu­nity ser­vice post at two hos­pi­tals with a monthly re­mu­ner­a­tion of R50000.

But upon be­ing crowned, and in light of the du­ties which she was ex­pected to per­form dur­ing her 12-month reign, she de­clined the job of­fers.

Gau­tam can only ap­ply for a com­mu­nity ser­vice post in De­cem­ber and take up em­ploy­ment on Jan­uary 1 next year.

In the in­terim, she is un­em­ployed. In lieu of suf­fer­ing a loss of R50000 per month (from July, 2018, to Jan­uary 1, 2019), she is claim­ing R350000 in da­m­ages and R15000 for a brochure she al­legedly pur­chased from the de­fen­dants.

She claimed they failed to pro­duce the brochure and had not re­paid the money af­ter she had can­celled the sale.

Gau­tam, who also paid a regis­tra­tion and en­trance fee of R17000 to com­pete, is also ask­ing they pay in­ter­est on the amounts at a rate of 10% per an­num, the le­gal costs and fur­ther or al­ter­nate re­lief.

Thaver and Ganas said they were con­sult­ing with their le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tives.


Mrs In­dia South Africa 2018 win­ner Saumya Ti­wari Gau­tam.

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