Wendall files $500 000 defamation claim

HARARE - Former Big Brother Africa reality TV show winner Wendall Parsons has filed a $500 000 defamation suit against an insurance company that pressed criminal charges against him over an alleged $20 000 car insurance fraud.

According to papers filed with the court, Wendall cited Siphathisiwe Sibanda and Alliance Insurance Company (Private) Limited as respondents.

He told the court that Sibanda acted maliciously by reporting the matter to the police, leading to his three-day detention and prosecution.

“The statement made to the police led to the publication of those false allegations on both national and international TV stations, radios, newspapers and online publications,” Wendall said.

He further claims that the police report was “false and defamatory” meant to portray him as a dishonest man.

He said as a result, he suffered excruciating pain while in detention, extreme physiological trauma and incurred huge legal costs defending the matter.

Wendall is demanding a total of $516 000 for defamation and a further $28 750 for the insurance of his accident-damaged vehicle, which panel beaters declared a write-off.

The former Big Brother Africa reality TV show winner, who was jointly charged with his brother William, walked scot-free after Harare magistrate Elijah Makomo ruled that the State failed to prove a case against him.

Makomo said evidence presented before the court through state witnesses and 18 documentary exhibits was not sufficient.

He said evidence before the court proved that Wendall’s vehicle had insurance cover, expiring on July 8 this year and Alliance insurance company had not informed him of the cancellation prior to his arrest.

The company only informed him formally about the cancellation after he had been arrested.

The state had accused Wendall and his brother of claiming payment for a Ford Ranger and two other trailers allegedly insured after an accident in March this year.

Comments (11)

Good on you Wendall, these insurance companies are the ones that dont follow the law. They like your money but never want to pay out. I have experience it with alliance as well.

TsiTsi - 14 November 2013

I hope this suit survives and he gets to collect..We are sickened to a standstill over how insurance companies have been allowed to get away with murder over the years..This rot has to stop. I hope this payout results in something everyone in the LAND has been waiting for to see buzzards circling above while an insurance company corpse lies 'prostrate' on the ground...

gutter poet - 14 November 2013

this negative public sentiment about insurance is not good for the growth of the industry come on you insurers it's time to be more customer focused, paying claims and promptly gives people the reason to insure hence a larger pool as well.

chamas - 14 November 2013

I believe the insurance company has been grossly and unfairly treated in this instance and sensationalist claims have been allowed to dominate the media and the major casualty here is the truth. Law-abiding and honest policy holders have nothing to fear from insurance companies.

Clive - 14 November 2013

Insurance companies have not played fair they have been allowed to get away with claims on small issues. Law abiding policy holders have been treated unfairly are you questioning all people that have been rejected as not law abiding people...???????

Sally - 14 November 2013

Insurance companies are thieves and need to be checked. Hmiton is another culprit

Nyorodo - 14 November 2013

I don't think Alliance did wrong by reporting apparent insurance fraud. The evidence was there as far as they were concerned. I f there were any errors commited it is the broker who should be answerable.

Semhalo - 14 November 2013

good wendell .you have to stand up for yourself so that it becomes a lesson to other insurance companies

allan - 15 November 2013

Greedy White Boy. You got $500 000 at Big Brother, probably wasted it and now want more for nothing.

Pretty - 15 November 2013

@Pretty get your facts right before you open your mouth, he got 200 000 from bba. you dont know what he has done with his money so get a life and if insurance companies such as Alliance insurance company dont want to pay when they should , i think he is doing the right thing. Alliance has done this many times before but obviously against people that cant fight them. Now they have met their match. Well done Wendall.

Tafadzawa - 15 November 2013

The bottom line is Alliance insurance and their broker tried to avoid paying and got caught out, now they must deal with it.

Tich - 15 November 2013

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