Truck centre auctioned off

2011-09-15 00:00

AN auction scheduled for today will put more than 100 trucks belonging to United Truck Centre at Ashburton under the hammer.

A high court order granted to the Msunduzi Municipality in August compelled the truck centre to close down its operation by October 31.

Posters mounted on lamp posts in some parts of the city have been advertising the auction.

The posters read that a “forced closure auction” will be held on at 10.30 am today at 50 Old Main Road.

Trucks, trailers and spares will be put up for sale.

The posters also states that three prime properties — 50 Old Main Road Ashburton, 525 Longmarket Street and 1 Gogas Road, Raisethorpe — will also be put up for sale.

The Witness reported recently that the owner, Ayoob Moosa, was ordered by the court to demolish and remove all illegal structures on the property, both temporary and permanent, including fuel pumps and tanks, by October 31.

He has also been directed to remove all motor vehicles, heavy machinery and parts other than private vehicles used by the occupants of a house on the property, by the same date.

Speaking to The Witness, Moosa said the truck centre makes about R100 million a year.

R.I. Moosa, also from the truck centre, said that they are convinced that the action to have them pack up the truck yard was motivated by race.

Some of the trucks to be auctioned cost between R600 000 and R700 000.

R.I. Moosa said that about 45 people will lose their jobs nce they the owners move from the yard and that their closure will affect a lot of sub-contractors from whom they bought spares for their trucks and equipment.

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