Two hours of silence

2016-04-20 06:00

QWAQWA. – The Qwaqwa community radio station was off the air for about two hours Z from 13:00 Z on Thursday (14/04).

This happened after the sheriff of the court had confiscated the studio equipment and the station’s vehicle, a Toyota Corolla.

Apparently, the management were driving in the vehicle when they were spotted by the sheriff.

The sheriff stopped them and confiscated the vehicle, leaving them with no option but to either walk or take public transport.

The drama unfolded after the management of Qwaqwa Radio had failed to settle their debt with a creditor, LP Wall Coating.

The radio transmission was restored after a payment of R124 000 had been paid to the creditor.

According to Paul Khala, the owner of LP Wall Coating, the management of Qwaqwa Radio had failed to pay him as per an agreement that they had reached three months ago through his lawyers.

“Back in 2007 I bought a Toyota Condor for the radio station.

“A few years down the line, they damaged the vehicle and failed to pay the rest of the instalments, as agreed.

“I took the vehicle away from them and took it to a mechanic to be fixed.

“That cost me about R50 000. After that, I settled the rest of the outstanding balance of R80 000 on the vehicle.

“They had to pay me that money, but they only gave me R50 000, promising to give the balance at a later stage.

“They did not do that until I opted to go the legal route,” he said.

Khala said he had spoken to the management of the station on several occasions with a view to settle the issue out of court. They never listened to him, however.

Ernest Mahlaba, the station manager, could not be reached on his cell phone, in spite of of several attempts to get comment from him.

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