Local craftsman cries ‘royal foul’

2017-08-16 06:05
Kuber Singh with a letter from KwaDukuza Magistrate’s Court, which he has sent to the king.PhotoS: Nkosinathi DUbe

Kuber Singh with a letter from KwaDukuza Magistrate’s Court, which he has sent to the king.PhotoS: Nkosinathi DUbe

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A LOCAL furniture manufacturer is seeing red after claiming that Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini owes him R110 000 for handmade chairs crafted for him and his seven wives in 2014.

The royal household was impressed with Kuber Singh’s (76) work so they ordered him to specially make the furniture for them.
Singh carves his furniture from Tambuti wood which is only found in certain areas in South Africa. 
Speaking to the Weekly Singh said that representatives from the royal household came to his workplace and placed the order.

“Once the furniture was finished it was then delivered to the royal household, however, the more than R110 000 payment wasn’t made. I have even sent a summons numerous times to the king, to no avail,” said Singh.

The well-known businessman has sought a default judgment at the Kwa-Dukuza Magistrate’s Court for the money he is owed, as well as costs.
What has angered the Tambuti craftsman is that the king is using the chairs, but hasn’t paid him for them.

“I have tried several times to contact Mr Sithole, who works at the king’s office, but cannot get through to him as he was the one who ordered the chairs on the king’s behalf. I also tried to contact Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi, but he hasn’t got back to me,” added Singh.

He said for years he has had a good relationship with the king and his family, but these events have clearly “burnt those bridges”. 
Singh has previously crafted furniture for many prominent people including George W. Bush, Ronald Regan and was acknowledged by Queen Elizabeth II.

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