Satinsky: man alleges he was intimidated

2014-08-04 00:00

A FORMER Durban man who has been vocal about the R699 Satinsky car scheme alleges he is being intimidated by senior management of the group.

Simon Lapping is currently collecting documents and affidavits to build a case against the company.

Lapping said he had been contacted by Albert Venter of the Satinsky Group, who set up several meetings that never materialised.

“We were supposed to meet at a coffee shop of my choice. The meeting was then moved to their offices. Finally, I was invited to prepare a braai for him, which is when I felt uneasy,” he said.

The cook, who now lives in Edenvale, said he first heard about the scheme from a friend in Pinetown, who bought into it. After analysing the documents, Lapping said warning bells went off.

The Facebook group, “I have been done in by Drive a New Car from R699 per month”, of which Lapping is an administrator, has garnered the support of 3 583 people on the social network.

Lapping’s last post in the group read: “Mr Albert Venter was harassing me last night trying to encourage me to go and cook for him and his family at his house. I am no fool.”

An SMS seen by The Witness, alleged to have been sent by Venter, read: “Shoot-out between jy ourself andy chef!!!! [sic]”.

Lapping said he got involved because he believed the scheme was a total injustice to the victims, most of whom he believed were low-income earners.

“A lot of people didn’t know about any recourse and did not even realise that Satinsky had pulled the plug. At first, we didn’t believe it was as big a deal as it has become. But abuses against civil rights were always close to my heart,” Lapping said.

Launched in 2006, Satinsky offered its clients a deal to purchase a vehicle through them, with some of the costs offset by advertising on the car. The company has since been on the brink of collapse, leaving about 17 000 victims having to pay a higher instalment on their vehicles.

When The Witness tried to contact Venter, he replied by SMS, saying: “No comment”.

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