ANC is no-nonsense landlord

2011-05-12 10:46

Landlord ANC has auctioned off a former tenant’s goods to recover about R135 000.

Businessman Hanif Moosa’s goods went for a song this week to recover almost two years’ unpaid rent dating back to December 2007.

The auction was conducted by the Joburg central sheriff at the shop in downtown Joburg.

Moosa had been operating Designer Living at the ANC head office, Inkosi Albert Luthuli House, for just three months when he stopped paying the R8 500 monthly rental in December 2007.

In his shop, Moosa sold furniture, carpets, crockery and cutlery.

Moosa and the ANC concluded their lease agreement in October 2007, according to court documents filed by the ruling party.

Despite not paying his rent, Moosa continued trading from December 2007 to February 2009. The ANC decided to take him to the Joburg High Court and locked the shop with some of his goods still inside.

The shop had been locked since February 2009.

The shop, on the ground floor of Luthuli House, will now be turned into a restaurant and cellphone shop, according to an ANC official present at the auction.

The court granted the order to auction Moosa’s goods last month.

By February 2009, Moosa’s arrears in rent was more than R102 000, and this has now increased to about R135 000, including interest.

The ANC’s legal representative, law firm Cuzen Randeree, had given Moosa seven days in February 2009 to pay the amount but the businessman failed to do so.

This week, envious Luthuli House staffers looked on as shoppers snapped up the goods and complained bitterly at not being informed about the auction in advance.

Wooden wardrobes fetched as little as R100.

Moosa, who was not present at the auction, did not return messages left on his cellphone.

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