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Newsline: Unpaid rent drama at Haitian embassy in South Africa

The Haitian embassy will know soon if it can have its property returned after the high court in Pretoria ordered that it be attached due to non-payment of rent for more than 10 months. The property was attached after the embassy defaulted on rent for over 10 months, totalling R550 000 at a Waterkloof estate. The embassy had failed to meet the rent obligations of about R55 000 a month. Judge Nicoline Janse Van Nieuwenhuizen ruled that the movable property be attached and kept in safe storage until the embassy was able to settle the debt. However, the property was only attached and not removed from the estate as diplomats from the embassy protested against the sheriff driving out of the estate with the property. They argued that they were protected by diplomatic immunity and attaching their possessions was an illegal act.



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