LAWSUIT: Makhadzi Asked To Buy Stock Of Her Own Branded Sneakers.
The company producing Makhadzi’s sneaker range is suing her and her production company Open Mic R8.2-million for failure to promote her branded sneaker range Kicks Kokovha.
In court papers seen by Sunday World, Kicks Sportswear says Makhadzi and Open Mic breached the terms and conditions of their partnership agreement stipulating the songstress has to perform wearing the brand’s sneakers and promote the brand on her social media platforms.
This resulted in the company losing out on R8 249 120 in sales for the 6880 sneakers currently stuck at Warehouse. Makhadzi and Open Mic are now given an option to buy the stock at R300 a unit as per retail price and resell the products themselves for their own benefit or pay R8 249 120.
“The plaintiff therefore claims damages for the following: The units of shoes in the warehouse being 6 900 pairs, less 20 pairs, sold in Limpopo, thus being 6 880 shoes at the retail price they would have sold, for if first and second defendants did not breach the partnership agreement, thus amounting to R8 629 041 plus costs of the [law] suit.
“But yet again due to the breach caused by the first and second defendants, the plaintiff suffered a tremendous financial loss of R379 921, which invoices was attached to the letter of demand that was sent on the 6th of May 2022,
“The plaintiff further claims damages for all expenses incurred in adhering to the terms and conditions of the partnership agreement and trying to make the launch of the limited edition brand a success.”
In the court documents, Kicks Sportswear further demands: “1. Payment of the amount of R8 629 041 as per the letters of demand; 2. Costs of the [law] suit, on an attorney and client scale; 3. Further and or alternative relief.”
The company also suggested that the said partners should buy the stock stuck at the warehouse at R300 a unit as per retail price and resell the products themselves for their own benefit.
The branded shoes were launched on December 9 2021 at Mall of Africa and the same month, Makhadzi performed at festive gigs without wearing the brand’s sneakers.