Sunny Gayadin dealership vehicles impounded, man arrested

2009-12-18 00:00

CONTROVERSIAL businessman Sunny Gayadin says he is seeking an urgent “order of spoilation” against the Msunduzi Municipality after it impounded 10 vehicles at his car dealership in Manchester Road yesterday.

It was alleged the cars were being illegally traded on municipal property.

The cars were parked on the road verge outside his dealership.

Gayadin, who was once embroiled in a court matter for operating a casino without a licence, said he will sue the municipality for any damage to his vehicles while they were being impounded. He said last night his court bid, which he hopes will be heard today, claims “tremendous prejudice caused in the way of damages”. He did not give a figure.

“They did not even offer me a warning, which they were supposed to do. They just came up and started impounding cars, and because I am a law-abiding citizen I let them do their jobs,” he said.

He accused Msunduzi Municipality safety manager Kenneth Chetty of taking bribes and of assaulting one of his employees. He said he would lay a criminal charge against Chetty.

Chetty said, however, that Gayadin has been given ample time to remove his cars from the municipal land. “This is municipal land, and he is illegally trading on this land.

“We told him over two months ago that he needs to remove these cars from here, but instead he ignored us and we have taken the decision to impound the vehicles.”

Chetty said the municipality was also concerned about the disruption to traffic the trading was causing. “This is causing a traffic jam as many of his customers coming to buy cars simply park on the side.”

He confirmed that Gayadin accused him of taking bribes. “When we came here and told him we were impounding the vehicles, he gave us attitude and swore at us and threatened to sue us for R10 million. He accused us of taking bribes from another dealership and of targeting his business because he was not paying any bribes.”

Chetty warned dealers trading illegally on municipal land that they are liable to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan confirmed that a man was arrested after he had tried to assault Chetty. She said a case of common assault and obstruction of duty has been opened and that the man will appear in court shortly.

Gayadin said his employee was released on bail of R500 last night and went to seek treatment for injuries, including a hurt jaw.

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