- Jul 22, 2005
A city company has threatened to upset the well-laid World Cup plans for Loftus Versfeld Stadium by taking the Tshwane Metro Council to court for failing to honour a multimillion rand construction bill.
The company, which upgraded the stadium, is intending to head to court - four days before the World Cup kicks off - in a bid to stop any games being played at the venue.
The company claims it was owed an outstanding balance of R28.8 million and that, because of the non-payment, its creditors were pressing it for payment.
The company's managing director, Joseph Tshawe, said they were even facing possible liquidation because they had not been paid.
"This is unfair, the applicant is placed under the guillotine for the ill-doings of the first respondent (the council) ... the council is hosting the World Cup at the expense of the applicant, an emerging small enterprise. This is not on," he said.
Tshawe said if the court entertained his application, the soccer games at Loftus could "simply be switched" to alternative venues.
He suggested the Super Stadium in Atteridgeville or the HM Pitje Stadium in Mamelodi (which is still under construction).
It was stated in court papers that the company and the council had a written agreement in terms of which the company was contracted to upgrade Loftus.
The agreed contract sum was R54.3 million and the company was due to be paid in stages.