Independent school not wanting to return deposits
My nieces attend a private/independent school in Cape Town. The one is due to be grade 7 next year, and a younger sibling in grade 1 next year.
The older one has been excluded from the school citing bad behaviour, which means the younger one has to be removed as well. Also this was done about 3 weeks ago – quite late into the year.
We have paid monies for deposits for stationery for both children, but the school is refusing to pay it back, instead they are now handing over the case to a debt collector.
Aside from that, registration monies had been paid for the younger one to keep her place, but no forms had been completed for this application.
The total amount is almost R4000, and I was only asking for the just over R2000 for the stationery seeing that the kids won’t be attending the school any longer.
No where did it mention that this deposit is non-refundable. Also, the school promised on paid-for-services such as computer lessons, which the kids do not receive.
What legal action can I take to get our money back?
Thank you and kind regards
Dear Dilshaad B, it is my suggestion that you immediately demand the amount owing from the school in writing to be paid in 7 days in full otherwise you will issue a small claims court summons against them for the amount due. This you can do free of charge from the local magistrates court in the schools area. In respect of the paid for services, eg the computer lessons it is obviously too late to correct this as it should have been done earlier during the year, however if you need to issue a summons for the money then I suggest you include this complaint to show the court the Schools attitude.