Building plan gets messy

2020-03-12 06:01
Nosipho Mavuso says her flats were not finished by the person she hired to build it. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Nosipho Mavuso says her flats were not finished by the person she hired to build it. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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It all started as a plan to make extra cash, but has now turned into a nightmare and a blame game.

In March last year, Nosipho Mavuso from Gugulethu says she saw an opportunity to get extra cash by building rental units in her backyard.

She claims she hired a man to build her 16 flats “after seeing how quick he was in building the flats”. She claims she bought all the material and “decided to pay him before he could finish” hoping for the work to be completed in time.

However, the man has rubbished the claims levelled against him and accused Mavuso of being economical with the truth.

He said he only stopped working because Mavuso ran out of money to buy additional material in order for him to complete the work. He said the only money he received was the deposit.

He accused Mavuso of being ungrateful saying he at times used his own money to buy the required material.

“She would even come to me to borrow money and I would give it to her because I know people run out of money,” claimed the man.

According to Mavuso things changed later during the construction phase. She alleges that when the construction started over 10 people worked at the site and numbers slowly dropped to two. Two months on she claims everything came to a halt with the man citing a shortage of building bricks.

“The bricks we bought for the construction were more than enough for him to finish the job but he lied and stole the bricks and used them for himself,” she claims.

Mavuso claims efforts to take Mavuso to task drew blank.

She said she went to the police to seek advice and was told to go to the Wynberg court. However, she says the court advised her to get a lawyer as the money was too much.

She added that all she wants from the man is for him to pay back her money so she can hire someone else to finish the job.


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