Official defends décor firm

2009-06-22 00:00

MSUNDUZI city councillor and businessman Patrick Moon has disputed allegations that his company, Décor and Design Studio, breached its agreement with local upholsterer Unas Abdul of Raven Upholsterers, who was sub-contracted to refurbish chairs from the city hall.

Moon’s attorney, Pat Dewes, told The Witness that Moon will defend the summons that was issued by Abdul against Décor and Design Studio in the high court in Pietermaritzburg for payment of R207 743 for alleged breach of contract. Moon maintains that the court papers contain a “number of falsities”.

Dewes said replying papers are in the process of being finalised in the matter.

Dewes said the tender awarded by the municipality to Décor and Design Studio was for the restoration of 219 chairs only, and not 500 as stated in the summons.

“As stated in The Witness article, Moon had in fact recused himself from the tender process because he had a personal interest, and the tender was then awarded to Décor and Design Studio.

“The chairs were classic wooden chairs that were actually in pieces. My client [Décor and Design Studio] does not do upholstery. They do joinery and restoration. For that reason the upholstery work was sub-contracted.”

Dewes said Moon personally entered into an agreement with Abdul, not his son, Delroy, as was alleged.

“He was quoted R230 per chair, not R350 per chair as alleged by Abdul.”

He said Moon alleges that Abdul subsequently informed him that he needed to charge R20 extra per chair and Moon agreed to that.

“After having completed the first 44 chairs, Abdul was no longer happy with the price and said he would have to increase it, but Moon was not satisfied as the extra cost was coming out of his pocket. He told Abdul that if he could not do the work for the agreed price he should not continue with it.

“Moon has never been invoiced for 44 completed chairs. We admit that we owe R250 per chair in respect of the completed chairs, that is a total of R11 000, and are happy to pay that on receipt of an invoice,” added Dewes.

Abdul claims in the summons that was issued on his behalf by his attorney, Siva Chetty, that he was sub-contracted by Décor and Design to upholster 500 chairs at R350 per chair, but that after he had bought all the materials needed and had completed work on an initial 44 chairs, Décor and Design reneged on their agreement, refused to deliver any more chairs and did not pay for the 44 upholstered chairs.

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