Can I get my money back?
The company I worked for made use of 3 taxi services to transport our seasonal workers. I was responsible for making two payments to one owner – which means that one owner did not get paid – and I only realized too late when unpaid owner contacted me. I then paid the outstanding amount (a substantial one – R 25 000.00) from my personal account. The owner who benefit from the transaction kept telling me that he would have a look at his statement to see whether he was paid twice. Now he does not even answer me. I only have his cellphone number and a bank account. It also happened a while back. Is there any way that I can still get my money back?
Hello. You will have to sue him for your money. It’s called unjust enrichment. You can also try using a debt collector. You will need a tracing agent to find out his address either through his cellphone number, through the bank, vehicle registration, or otherwise. 3 years is the maximum time period for prescription, meaning you will have to sue within 3 years from when the wrong payment was done. You can limit your claim to 15000 and use a small claims court at the Magistrates if you are unable to hire a lawyer. Nevertheless if you hire a lawyer it may be that the debtor will settle quickly. If he does not settle, and defends the action you will be entitled to ask the court to order him to pay your lawyer’s cost. All the best.