Estelle Ellis reports how Cape Town spice king turns on the heat after three courts find that his claims are overcooked.
Three high court judges in three different judgments have rejected claims that a Cape Town spice seller was defrauded by a bogus German company, dismissing the claims as unsubstantiated allegation.
When the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, Judge Craig Howie, refused a petition for leave to appeal the judgments, on the basis that the appellant had no prospect of success, you would have thought that settled the matter. Not so. Police still insist the alleged fraud warrants “urgent investigation”. The SAPS is even contemplating calling on Interpol to assist, and sending a task team to Europe to find the spices.
This might sound like the start to a long, bad joke, but the drama can be found, well documented in South Africa’s law reports.