Seychelles burned in offices deal
KHANYI NDABENI | 06 September, 2013 01:03
The Seychelles government has won a court case against a Pretoria attorney and her firm after a property deal for diplomatic offices went sour.
The Seychelles government claimed it was duped into agreeing to buy a 97m² unit in Lynnwood Park, Pretoria, in December 2009, for "diplomatic purposes" - only to find that the property was zoned for residential, and not business, use.
Operating diplomatic offices from the unit would have been unlawful.
The government paid the purchase price but moved out a few months later after learning of the zoning discrepancy.
The sale had not been registered and the unit was sold at auction for R700 000 in 2010 after Coetzee fell into financial difficulties, which she attributed to the government not paying rent on the property.
She accused the Seychelles government of owing R116500 in rent.
Attempts to contact Coetzee for comment were unsuccessful.