Patricia's promises hound SABC

2007-12-02 18:50

Johannesburg - The SABC and Shumba's Rest have 30 days in which to sign over a house that was promised to singer Nadine last year in Patrica Lewis's programme Supersterre.

Otherwise, they have to pay Nadine R1m, ordered Pretoria High Court Judge Talla Claassen.

The order was issued by the court after Nadine sued the SABC and Shumba for breach of contract.

Nadine coached Supersterre winner Shaun Tait.

Immediately after his win, Shaun received cash and a Sony BMG recording contract.

Patricia announced on TV that Nadine's prize was a house in Shumba's Rest, but that promise has yet to be fulfilled.

To make matters worse, Shumba's Rest has run into financial difficulties and the operation has been taken over by another company, Allegro Properties.

Nadine says she's been struggling since last November when she "won" the prize, to have ownership of the house transferred to her.

She initially tried to sue Patricia Lewis, but had to withdraw the action because, in terms of her contract with the SABC, Patricia can't be sued if the prizes aren't handed over.

Consequently, the SABC and Shumba's Rest were sued.

Must pay legal costs

Nadine's advocate, Marie Olivier, has confirmed the court had decided in her favour on Thursday.

Olivier said: "The court ordered that registration of transfer should begin immediately to ensure that Nadine gets the house and can begin to use it."

The defendants also have to pay the singer's legal costs.

It was a judgment by default, because the defendants did not respond.

Patricia was surprised when Rapport newspaper told her of the court's decision.

"I was under the impression that Nadine had withdrawn the summons.

"Rapport is trying to write negative stories about me again, because your newspaper's not involved in this year's Supersterre," said Patricia.

"She'll get her house. Nadine should realise that it doesn't take a day or two to get (registration of transfer of) a house."

Court order 'is my security'

Nadine's response was: "I know it doesn't take a day or two, but it also doesn't take a full year. Every time I approached Patricia, she just shrugged her shoulders.

"I don't like fighting, but I want my prize. I did get a call from Patricia in the past week to tell me the new owners were attending to the matter.

"The court order is my security for me to get my house."

Patricia's husband, Mark Whitfield, referred Rapport's enquiries about the court case to the SABC's Frikkie Veldman, who referred Rapport to the SABC'S attorney.

The attorney did not answer his telephone.