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A South African manufacturing company has dragged Willowvale Mazda Motor Industries (WMMI) to court for failing to settle a debt amounting to more than R200 000 for motor accessories and services supplied during an unspecified period.

Bosal Afrika (Pvt) Ltd, which is the plaintiff in the matter, last week filed summons at the Bulawayo High Court citing WMMI as the sole defendant.

The South African company is demanding R237 824,80 from the local vehicle assembler.

“The plaintiff is demanding payment of the sum of R237 824,80 being the amount due and owing in respect of work and labour done, material supplied and goods sold and delivered to the defendant,” said Bosal Afrika in its summons.

In court papers filed through its lawyers Webb, Low and Barry legal practitioners, Bosal Afrika said WMMI has despite demand, failed, refused or neglected to settle the outstanding amount.

The supplied goods and services rendered were however not mentioned in the court papers.

Bosal Afrika wants the local company to pay the debt with a prescribed interest calculated from July 2 2015, to the date of full and final payment. They also want cost of suit paid at attorney-client scale.

WMMI has not yet filed a notice to enter an appearance to defend the matter. The automobile company has 13 days from the date of the issue of summons to file opposing papers.

WMMI is owned by the Government through the Industrial Development Corporation of Zimbabwe (IDCZ) and Itochu of Japan. The Government recently directed government departments and schools to buy vehicles from local assemblers in a bid to save jobs and contain the country’s high import bill.

The Buy Zimbabwe campaign is gaining momentum in efforts directed at reversing the penchant by locals to consume foreign products in a development that has seen some supermarkets importing even vegetables that are readily available in Zimbabwe.

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