[Readers should note Mr Sybrand van der Spuy's detailed responses to this story which can be found in the comments field below it. – Ed.]
Sybrand van der Spuy, accountant, developer and owner of the most southerly vineyards in the Cape Peninsula, is notorious for intimidating his unhappy neighbours with a barrage of defiance, threats and emotional blackmail
In short, Van der Spuy, the “gentleman winemaker” is a man who likes to get his own way. You’ll find him in Noordhoek, Cape Town, where he owns Cape Point Vineyards. He has also been involved in several developments – making a variety of enemies along the way – one reason being that he’s been known to use the developers’ favourite race trick that goes something like this: Stop opposing my commercial plans or I’ll put sub-economic housing here; I’ll tell the poor you’re depriving them of jobs; and I’ll arrange for them to protest outside your property.
Van der Spuy is equally firm with tardy officialdom. In 2012, after the city issued an order that he stop hosting certain events at his wine estate, he sent a defiant email to various city officials and Noordhoek residents: The letter featured a range of “weapons” in his arsenal of persuasives – defiance, threats and emotional blackmail.