Pilot sues Kobus Smit for R1.75m

 

MINING MAGNATE: Prominent businessman Kobus Smit, left, and Steve Kapp, a business associate, leave the Port Elizabeth High Court during the lunch break yesterday. Picture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN
MINING MAGNATE: Prominent businessman Kobus Smit, left, and Steve Kapp, a business associate, leave the Port Elizabeth High Court during the lunch break yesterday. Picture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN

A PORT Elizabeth pilot has dragged mining magnate Kobus Smit to court after a job promise offered by Smit went sour.

In papers filed at the Port Elizabeth High Court, Rod Crichton, who runs Ebhayi Charter Air in Theescombe, claims Smit did not honour an oral employment agreement by which he would render aircraft piloting services to Smit’s JP Smit Family Trust for a period of five years, starting from April 2008.

Smit, however, denies the claim and said the agreement was only for three years and that he and Crichton also altered their arrangement following challenges the trust’s string of companies encountered as a result of the economic crisis in 2009. – Lee-Anne Butler

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