‘Pay up’ – court orders Ramphele

2015-04-26 16:00

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Former Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele says a high court order to pay Joburg businesswoman Tracy Tarry R503?566 – money owed to Tarry for T-shirts and caps supplied before last year’s election – is not her problem.

The South Gauteng High Court made the ruling on February 6 in Johannesburg, but Tarry, of Red Cherry Events, has not yet received a cent from Ramphele or Agang.

Tarry is furious and has declared legal war on both parties.

But Agang is hitting back. Yesterday, the deputy president of the political party, Andries Tlouamma, told City Press the party would appeal the high court ruling. He said the appeal should be lodged this week.

“What I can tell you is that we saw the ruling and our lawyers are engaging with [Tarry’s] lawyers.

“We want to see how she reached that figure; we want to see invoices,” he said.

City Press also spoke to Ramphele, who insists the issue falls outside her realm of responsibility.

“[Tarry] has an issue with Agang, and that is where her lawyers must go. This is not my issue,” Ramphele said.

Tarry refuses to accept this and will approach the court again to have the ruling enforced. She told City Press yesterday she is completing legal papers to have Agang liquidated.

Tarry added that she was also talking to her lawyers about suing Ramphele for negligence.

Agang ordered branded T-shirts and caps from Tarry, and initially paid on time.

The party then ordered a huge batch in the run-up to the elections, which were not paid for.

“I am coloured and had my own struggle during apartheid,” said Tarry.

“Now [Ramphele] comes and messes me around in the name of freedom. Me and hundreds of others, while she sits in her posh mansion?

“When I last spoke to her telephonically in August, I said to her: ‘Do you know how many lives you have ruined?’ She told me it was out of her hands. Has she no conscience?”

Ramphele stepped down as Agang’s leader in July – leaving several unpaid suppliers and former members of staff in her wake.

She lives in the affluent Cape Town suburb of Camps Bay and drives a silver Jaguar. By her own estimation in a public declaration of wealth in 2013, she has assets worth R55?million.

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