Bay businessman claims unfair eviction by ECDC

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EMERGING Nelson Mandela Bay businessman Mxolisi Qeqe claimed he was wrongfully evicted from a Dimbaza factory owned by the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC), after it had agreed to waive 15 months’ rental in order to repair the dilapidated building.

Qeqe said he could not trade for three years due to the ECDC’s delay in attending to the repairs.

ECDC chief executive officer Sitembele Mase disputed Qeqe’s claims, saying he insisted on moving into the factory before they could do any repairs. He said Qeqe was evicted for not paying his rent.

Qeqe said he approached the ECDC in 2008 to rent its factory to produce school uniforms. “They said the factory needed repairs so they would waive 15 months’ rent so they can repair the building.”

He said the building had plumbing problems, broken doors and no electricity.

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