News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Wednesday June 19th 2019

NGO sues for winter jackets


A home-based care NGO is taking legal action against clothing manufacturer for the non-delivery of R25 000 worth of warm winter jackets they ordered for their volunteers.

Over a year ago the South African Christian Leadership Assembly Health Project (SACLA), which provides home-based care to chronically ill patients in Khayelitsha, Philippi and Nyanga, ordered 240 winter jackets from Tee Shirt Den in Salt River in order to provide them to their home-based care volunteers.

But since making the initial payment of R25 137 in June last year, SACLA hasn’t received the winter jackets despite “countless follow ups”, said SACLA General Manager Thoko Mtulu.

She said her organisation was instituting legal action through the Magistrate’s Court, having tried to go via the Small Claims Court only to find it deals with a maximum claim of R12 000.

She said the volunteers had now worked through two harsh winters without proper jackets despite the manufacturer having being paid.

“They (volunteers) go door-to-door providing treatment to patients who can’t go to the hospital,” said Mtulu.

She said they had approached the Gugulethu Legal Advice Office last year to facilitate the legal process.

Legal advisor at the office Matthews Tshofuti said he had written a letter to Tee Shirt Den demanding reimbursement of the money but despite the company promising to remit the amount to SACLA’S account in April, they still had not done so.

Owner of Tee Shirt Den factory shop, Firhaad Hendricks, confirmed that the company owed SACLA R25 137.

However, Hendricks said the company had manufactured the jackets ordered but SACLA refused to accept them, saying the design was not what they had requested.

“They put a lawyer onto us. We’re busy paying them back. We’ll do the first payment this week Friday,” said Hendricks.

Asked why it had taken so long to refund the organisation, he said he needed to sell the rejected winter jackets so as to refund them. – Peter Luhanga

Tags: Firhaad Hendricks, Gugulethu Legal Advice Office, Matthews Tshofuti, SACLA, South African Christian Leadership Assembly Health Project, Tee Shirt Den, Thoko Mtulu

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