The battle to save former Tekkie Town franchise, which collapsed during the Steinhoff controversy, has taken another turn.
The owners of former Tekkie Town went their separate way to open another franchise called Mr.Tekkie, which sells products similar to those of their former business.
However, they are crying foul, saying that Pepkor, which still owns Tekkie Town, is trying to shut them down.
In November last year, Judge Elizabeth Baartman ruled that Mr.Tekkie could not sell certain footwear stocked by Tekkie Town.
Co-founder of Mr. Tekkie, Bernard Mostert explains his side of the story to Kieno Kammies.
Pepkor has tried to shut us down aggressively, which I think is anticompetitive and vindictive.— Bernard Mostert, Co-founder - Mr. Tekkie
He says that Pepkor applied to the courts to have the list that Mr.Tekkie has created changed but a court has shot this down.
They tried to enforce a restraint of trade that wasn't triggered.— Bernard Mostert, Co-founder - Mr. Tekkie
But according to Mostert, the list of footwear was never delivered to Mr.Tekkie or the judge.
But she made her ruling. The ruling referred to the list. The list was blank.— Bernard Mostert, Co-founder - Mr. Tekkie
Pepkor have since created product list and he says on Thursday, Pepkor brought a rule 42 application, stating this unverified list should be accepted.
The judge dismissed the application.
She said the respondent and court should have seen this list, it should have passed through the court and not happened outside of the court processes.— Bernard Mostert, Co-founder - Mr. Tekkie
The court has therefore ruled that the new list of products is not admissible.
At this stage, we have no absolute clarity whether we should remove any shoes and the fact that Pepkor's list was dismissed yesterday leaves the judgment open.— Bernard Mostert, Co-founder - Mr. Tekkie
To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Judge throws out Pepkor's new list of restricted footwear for Mr.Tekkie stores