So­phie Ndaba’s hubby kicked out

Dis­pute over non­pay­ment of R30 000 of­fice rental

Sunday World - - Front Page - By Aubrey Mothombeni moth­ombe­nia@sun­day­world.co.za

Former Gen­er­a­tions ac­tress So­phie Ndaba’s hus­band and busi­ness­man Moeketsi “Max” Lich­aba’s car busi­ness has been kicked out of its rented busi­ness space by the land­lord over non­pay­ment of R30 000 rent.

The land­lord ob­tained an evic­tion or­der against Lich­aba 2012 Gold & Di­a­mond (Pty) Lim­ited, trad­ing as Lich­aba Auto De­sign, owned by the pop­u­lar busi­ness­man, who also owns Soweto’s Kwa-Lich­aba Ch­e­sanyama.

The prop­erty own­ers, TIAUTO In­vest­ments, had claimed in its ap­pli­ca­tion at the South Gaut­eng High Court in Joburg two months ago that Lich­aba al­ways paid rent late and he owed them R30 000 in un­paid rent.

They added that he had also re­fused to va­cate the premises based in Cresta, Joburg, af­ter they can­celled his lease agree­ment due to non­pay­ment.

“Very soon af­ter tak­ing oc­cu­pa­tion of the leased premises, the re­spon­dent fell into ar­rears re­gard­ing the pay­ment of rental and other amounts payable to the ap­pli­cant in terms of the lease agree­ment.

“The ap­pli­cant made re­peated de­mands to the re­spon­dent ... to make pay­ment of the afore­said ar­rears and to en­sure that in fu­ture all amounts payable in terms of the lease agree­ment are paid timeously.

“All of the de­mands fell on deaf ears and the re­spon­dent would fre­quently pay the ap­pli­cant late and only af­ter nu­mer­ous re­quests by the ap­pli­cant that it [Lich­aba Auto De­sign] make pay­ment,” reads the pa­pers.

Ac­cord­ing to the lease agree­ment signed by both par­ties dated April 1 2016, Lich­aba se­cured the premises for a monthly rent of R16 335 for the pe­riod April 1 2016 to March 31 2017 and paid a de­posit of R47 960 be­fore tak­ing oc­cu­pa­tion.

The amount was to in­crease to R17 805.15 per month for the fol­low­ing year and an­other in­crease was ex­pected to take the monthly sum to R19 407.61 for the 2018/ 19 pe­riod.

The doc­u­ments show that Lich­aba had de­faulted on his monthly rent in April 2018 and now owed R30 473.

In the pa­pers, the com­pany also claimed that Lich­aba had ig­nored their let­ters in­form­ing him of their de­ci­sion to ter­mi­nate the lease agree­ment due to fail­ure to make pay­ment.

The court pa­pers show that Lich­aba had dis­puted that he was a bad payer and also ques­tioned the com­pany’s de­ci­sion to kick him out, claim­ing that he got the let­ters three days af­ter they had sent them to him.

Lich­aba, who told Sun­day World that he va­cated the premises in June, added that his re­moval from the rented premises was mo­ti­vated by race. “They have al­ways wanted me out of the place be­cause I was the only black per­son who owned a shop there.

“There were some peo­ple who were not happy with me there. We are now based in Rand­burg and have found a big­ger space,” he said.

Lich­aba said the dis­pute be­tween him­self and his land­lord started when they re­fused to amend his lease agree­ment to al­low him to pay rent on the 4th of ev­ery month to ac­com­mo­date the na­ture of his busi­ness.

TIAUTO In­vest­ments sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive Lukas Jo­hannes Fourie con­firmed that Lich­aba va­cated the premises.

So­phie Ndaba and Max Lich­aba dur­ing their Eu­ro­pean hon­ey­moon.

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