Two years after he was convicted of fraud, reinstated ANC Boland Regional Secretary Jonton Snyman is heading to court again.
This time Snyman is being sued by IS Catering who says he owes them more than R60 000 for food they supplied to disabled students who took part in a call centre learnership programme run by Snyman’s company, Entrepreneurial Skills for Africa, in 2013.
Shihama Hoosen, 37, and Ilhaam Thiam of IS Caterers in Worcester say they have been struggling to get hold of Snyman so the sheriff of the court can serve him with a warrant to appear in the Civil Claims Court.
“Because of him we’re still paying off that (bank) overdraft and haven’t been able to buy a bakkie for our business,” says Shihama.
According to Ilhaam, alarm bells went off when the “smooth-talking” Snyman allegedly told her “business is a risk” at the start of their dealings.
“But we went ahead for the sake of the disabled students,” says Ilhaam.
The pair say they catered three meals per day and went through the effort of interviewing the students to establish their dietary needs.
Snyman is due to appear in court at the end of October.
But Ilhaam says she doesn’t want him to go to jail.
“We just want our money because we worked very hard for it. Dit het bloed, sweet en trane gekos,” says Ilhaam.
Snyman was accused in 2015 of not declaring an insurance fraud case against him.
He didn’t respond to telephone calls and messages from the Daily Voice this week.
But one of his associates called Daily Voice back to say the case shouldn’t be against Snyman as he was only the representative for the NGO, Aldabri, trading as Entrepreneurial Skills for Africa, who ran the call centre programme on behalf of government.
“They should be taking steps against the NGO,” said the man who refused to provide his name.
“But the NGO isn’t at fault either as it never received payment from Services SETA and is currently busy with court procedures to get the money owed to the service providers,” he added.