Wheels come off on car fi­nance for foot­baller

Se­golela says he’s made ar­range­ment to pay arrears

Sunday World - - Sunday Report / News - By Ng­wako Malatji ng­[email protected]­day­world.co.za

Le­gendary foot­ball star Tlou Mashedi Se­golela faces be­ing dis­pos­sessed of his car by Toy­ota Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices af­ter drib­bling them with monthly in­stal­ments for about five months.

The com­pany ap­plied for a de­fault judg­ment in the South Gaut­eng High Court on De­cem­ber 5 to re­pos­sess the footie’s 2015 Corolla Quest 1.6 he bought for R171,000.

The de­fault judg­ment was ap­plied for by the com­pany’s lawyers Da­soo At­tor­neys af­ter Se­golela failed to en­ter an ap­pear­ance to de­fend the sum­mons sent to him on Oc­to­ber 8.

Ac­cord­ing to court papers seen by Sun­day World, the for­mer Or­lando Pirates striker re­ceived fi­nance from the com­pany to buy the car which he uses as an app op­er­ated taxi.

The for­mer Plat­inum Stars goal poacher was re­quired to pay over R3,300 in monthly in­stal­ments but de­faulted for more than four months.

He was just un­der R15,000 in arrears when they dragged him to court.

The papers state that Se­golela was sent sev­eral let­ters to his res­i­den­tial ad­dress plead­ing with him to set­tle the arrears or make pay­ment of the full out­stand­ing amount of over R121,000 within 10 days. But the plea fell on deaf ears.

“The de­fen­dant failed to re­fer the agree­ment to a debt coun­sel­lor, al­ter­na­tively dis­pute res­o­lu­tion agent, con­sumer court or om­buds­man, or de­velop and agree on a plan to bring the pay­ments un­der the agree­ment up to date,” reads the papers. The com­pany pleaded with the court to grant it an or­der to force Se­golela to give the car back.

The com­pany also asked for Se­golela to pay the costs of the law­suit and to can­cel the pur­chase agree­ment.

Se­golela con­ceded he was a tardy client but said he made some ar­range­ments to set­tle the arrears from to­mor­row.

“The agree­ment is that I should pay them R10,000 on Mon­day and then an­other R10,000 next month,” he said.

But Caylin Booy­sen of Da­soo At­tor­neys said Se­golela was on the off­side of the truth.

“We re­ceived in­struc­tions on Au­gust 14, we sent the let­ter of de­mand on Au­gust 16. We is­sued sum­mons on Septem­ber 27 and served him with court papers on Oc­to­ber 8.

“He phoned us once and asked to be called back. When we called him back he didn’t speak on the phone and said he was driv­ing,” she said.

Tlou Se­golela

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