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Why Dan had to pay out'pots' of cash

By unknown | Dec 03, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Dan Letshele has learnt the hard way never to ignore an outstanding debt.

Dan Letshele has learnt the hard way never to ignore an outstanding debt.

Letshele bought cooking pots from an agent of Laudelles who visited his workplace in 2006. The pots were sold to him for R1680 but in the end he had to pay R5162.

The problem started when he received an incorrect order, but instead of sending the pots back to Laudelles to correct the mistake, he instructed his bank not to process any further payment to Laudelles.

This action cost him dearly.

Laudelles persistently tried to debit his account until they instructed their attorneys, Landau Inc, to collect their cash from Letshele.

The attorneys were granted an emolument attachment order against his salary in March last year for an amount of R1908 with costs to the amount of R318 and interest thereon at a rate of 20percent a year from the date of judgment.

"I felt I was now overpaying my initial debt," said Letshele.

But Landau Inc's Mark van Tuyl has explained to Sowetan why Letshele now had to pay R5162.

Van Tuyl said over and above the amount payable and the 20percent interest, Letshele had to pay Laudelles' legal fees, adding that his client also became entitled to 10percent collection commission on each instalment they received.

He said when Letshele had paid his debt in full they notified his employer, Metropolitan, to stop payments in terms of the attachment order, but they did not.

Van Tuyl has now agreed to refund Letshele the R935 his firm received after Letshele had paid off his outstanding debt to Laudelles. A letter confirming that Letshele has paid in full was also forwarded to his employer early this week.


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