Warrant of arrest issued for disgraced Precedence Escapes director Francois Swart

A pair that misplaced the R130 000 they paid to Precedence Escapes approached AfriForum to attempt to get justice.

Months after he scammed scores of would-be holidaymakers of hundreds of thousands of rands, a warrant of arrest has lastly been issued for Precedence Escapes proprietor Francois Swart.

Advocate Gerrie Nel, who’s the top of AfriForum’s personal prosecution unit, stated police confirmed on 7 December {that a} J50 arrest warrant had been issued for Swart.

The case was escalated after the involvement of AfriForum’s personal prosecution unit after they have been approached by a pair that filed a prison grievance in opposition to Swart on the Modimolle police station in August.

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Nel stated the couple approached AfriForum once they weren’t given the investigating officer’s particulars and the officer had didn’t contact them about their case. 

“The unit wrote to the station commander expressing concern {that a} easy case of fraud had apparently been referred to the Hawks for investigation,” he stated.

The couple was allegedly defrauded out of greater than R130 000 by Precedence Escapes. They stated they transferred the cash to the journey firm and Swart despatched them paperwork to substantiate their flight and lodging particulars. Nevertheless, these paperwork appear to have been cast.

Nel says prospects should demand justice

Nel stated the general public wanted to demand that complaints of this nature be handled shortly in order that the precept of ‘justice delayed is justice disadvantaged’ may be re-established within the prison justice system.

Swart made headlines this yr when he informed prospects that his firm was unable to fulfill its monetary obligations. This meant prospects have been unable to go on their abroad journeys they’d paid for. Swart additionally refused to supply any readability on whether or not these shoppers could be refunded.

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In August this yr, Swart issued an e mail to shoppers stating his firm’s incapacity to fulfill its “monetary obligations”.

This, after just below 100 shoppers had booked and paid for holidays to the Maldives for 2023. Swart uncared for to supply particulars on refunds or give options to his shoppers. Moreover, the corporate’s web site and social media pages have been eliminated.

Precedence Escapes, beforehand located in Fourways, Johannesburg, labelled itself as a Maldives specialist in South Africa. To boost its trustworthiness, the company launched a sequence of celeb endorsements, that includes notable personalities equivalent to Thando Thabethe and Zozibini Tunzi.

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