Marikana lawyer takes on levies case

Marikana lawyer takes on levies case

A lawyer who represented Marikana mineworkers is now helping the residents of a residential complex in Randfontein in their battle against their managing agency over high levies and a R750 000 loan dispute.

Some unit owners at Greenhills Gardens on the West Rand are refusing to pay the new levies of R990 a month, claiming they are unjustifiably high.

They accused their managing agency, Proximity Property Management, of refusing to release them from their management contract which had expired on May 22.

The residents also alleged that Propell Sectional Title Solutions illegally loaned them R500 000 but was now unreasonably demanding a repayment of R750 000.

Advocate Andries Nkome, who represented the miners injured and arrested at Marikana in August 2012, yesterday told The Citizen he was gathering information on the levies matter. “Once we find out what happened, we will file a court application for them to be released from the debt,” said Nkome.

Resident Mmathapelo Mokoena said: “We want out of the contract because we can only afford to pay about R300 a month.” The unit owners complained to the Financial Services Board in a letter dated September 2, about the contract and the loan.

Proximity Property Management director Ludwige Brussouw said last month his company did not accept the termination of the contract request as it was made by individuals, not by the trustees as required.

Portfolio manager for Proximity Property Management Mariana Pool, yesterday said unit owners had actually settled the R500 000 loan, adding they now collectively owed R800 000 in unpaid levies.

“We signed an agreement that unit owners must collectively pay us R52 000 in advance for levies every month, but 20% of them do not pay and the debt built up,” said Pool.

The complex has 84 units and 21 owners and are understood to be in arrears. On being asked for comment, a woman who identified herself as Mandi Hanekom at Propell Sectional Title Solutions said: “I will pass the message to one of our directors to call you back.”

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