Durban socialite let off on alleged kidnapping charge

2014-03-28 00:00

DURBAN socialite Rosanne Narandas, accused of kidnapping three men after a car deal went sour, has had the charges against her withdrawn.

The owner of the Ooh La La Boutique chain store said she will now celebrate her good fortune by donating clothing to 13 underprivileged girls.

Narandas was accused of locking three Newcastle car salesmen in a garage for at least three hours on February 27 and allegedly refusing to let them out. Both the Berea Task Team and Crime Prevention Unit were called to the scene to release the men.

Narandas (55), whose family owns Narandas Fine Jewellery — one of the city’s top jewellery outlets with stores in the Pavilion Shopping Centre, Westville and the Gateway Mall, Umhlanga — was arrested the following day and then released on bail.

“I was confident that the truth would prevail — the fact is that I never locked the three men in my garage at all nor did I hold them against their will,” Narandas told The Witness.

According to Narandas, the dispute all centred around the purchase of a demo model Mercedes A45 AMG for her son. “We purchased the vehicle for R680 000. Once we transferred the funds I then took issue with the mileage reflected on the car, which was different to the logbook. It was more than double what the logbook stated.

“The salesmen could not explain this. I immediately informed them that I wish to cancel the sale as they had misrepresented the facts. I told the three men that I was holding the car until the transfer was complete. I did not hold them against their will and they were free to leave. They decided to stay with the vehicle. I had business to attend to so I locked the gate with them locked inside the property. They said they would remain with the car until the issue was sorted out. I did not lock them in a garage as has been stated,” said Narandas.

She said the car is still on her premises on Musgrave Road and she has yet to be refunded.

“For the good that has come to me I will in turn do good to others as a gesture of my gratitude. Although I have never ever declined a request for assistance, now I feel overly generous. This week, I received a request to clothe 13 young girls who are in a home for the disadvantaged. Those 13 girls will receive thousands of rands worth of clothing, shoes, fashion jewellery and even handbags, and I hope that this will bring them much happiness,” said Narandas.

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