The boss of the group behind the R699 car sales scheme, Albert Venter, is suing one of his customers for R1 million for defamation, according to the Sunday Times.
More than 24,000 people are believed to have bought cars under the R699 scheme which collapsed in June after the Satinsky Group announced an abrupt end to an advertising partnership agreement with Hong Kong based advertising company Blue Lakes, which left many clients without the monthly advertising earnings they had become dependent on to finance the cars bought.
Some customers started a Facebook group called “I have been done in by Drive a New Car from R699 per month”.
Venter has reportedly served summons on Cornelia Maria Nel, who is believed to be the administrator on the Facebook site, which has more than 3,000 members, the Times reported.
Venter claims the comments on Facebook are “false, wrongful and defamatory”, creating the impression that he “improperly benefited” from the scheme and was of “low moral fibre”.
“The comments carry the additional sting that [I] am not a law-abiding citizen, dishonest, corrupt [and a] cheat.”
The case is set be heard in the North Gauteng High Court, Pretoria.
One post on the Facebook website that infuriated Venter particularly said: “Venter is planning to flee South Africa to the Russian Federation.”
Lawyer Johan Gouws told the Sunday Times that Nel would defend herself against Venter.
Meanwhile, a group of apparently 550 consumers – led by Heuer of Pieterse Cary Finlaison – approached the high court Port Elizabeth to declare contracts between the banks and car buyers null and void.
The case goes back to court next week after judgement was initially reserved.