Can i open up a harassment charge
I had ordered tshirts from a supplier. I ordered the best quality tshirts but was given a low quality tshirt and charged a price of the high quality. I did pay a deposit but upon receiving the goods and finding out that the goods were poor, I held back the outstanding payment.
No the supplier has been threatening and harrassing me via phone and text and has even circulated pictures of my children.
What can I do to stop the harrassment
In terms of the Consumer Protection Act, it is your right to receive quality goods. And should the goods fall short of this standard, it is your right still to return them to the seller within 6 months and ask for your money back. What you should do or should have done upon receipt of the sub-quality T-Shirts was to return same and ask for your money.
Threat & harassment: threat of harm is considered very serious by the South Africa justice system. What you should do is to approach the police station in the area where this person conducts his business and open a case. Take the phone messages and pictures to the police station as evidence. Harassment: circulating the pictures of your children is extremely serious as such behaviour can put them in harms way. He has no right to do such without your consent. However, in terms of the Protection from Harassment Act, you can go to the Magistrate’s court in his area of business or residence and apply for protection. It is free and you do not need a lawyer. The clerk will happily assist you. Go with his full names and address and all the pictures and text messages. If the protection is granted, it becomes an order of court, and if he breaches it he will be arrested and thrown in jail.