Update 19 April: So it went is well as it possibly could in the High Court. We settled before the court date with SAPS, but still went to court to have the agreement issued as a Court Order. They agreed to release the goods immediately, as well as cover our legal fees and the warehousing cost. The warehousing cost came to R243k…. Thank you taxpayers.
Our groupage operator has taken control of the stock during the last hour, and is arranging to have the container unpacked and despatched from Durban to Cape Town tomorrow. We thus expect delivery on Monday, and will be ready to send out on Tuesday, 25 April.
Thank you all for your patience and support in this matter. We will be lighting up your adventures again very soon!
30 March 2017: Extreme Lights has been in a very unfortunate OUT OF STOCK situation since the Cape Town Cycle Tour early in March 2017.
This was due to the SAPS illegally stopping a full container containing 12 consignees’ import goods, on the suspicion that one of the consignee’s shipment contained fake goods. The 11 other consignees are the innocent bystanders who are also getting shot down in this process.
An investigative article was published on the front page of the Freight & Trading Weekly, the import industry’s leading newspaper, on 24 March 2017. Read the article here on the front page and page 8.
On 29 March, Extreme Lights have engaged with Attorneys on behalf of 7 of the consignees, to lodge an Urgent Application in the High Court, to order the release of the goods that are being illegally detained and do not form part of the suspicious goods. On 30 March, a Letter of Demand was delivered by the attorneys to The SAPS Litigation department, demanding that the goods be released with immediate effect, or notices be given for the seizure of the goods, as nothing has been forthcoming in the past 6 weeks, since it arrived on 21 February.
How does this affect our customers?
The Endurance+ and Ultimate+ Cycle Lights are available on back order. This means that we will ship them as soon as we receive them, but we do not have them in stock yet. It is impossible to give an estimated date of availability, as it all dependents on the outcome of the legal proceedings. It can be any day, or it can be in a year’s time. We are doing our best to get it resolved as quickly and efficiently as possible, as we are paying the attorneys per hour.
Please call Pieter at our office on 021 886 5479 for any further enquiries. If you have placed a back order, and would like to know what your options are – Pieter is your man.