Jozi man flogs high-end bling he gifted lover who broke his heart at bargain prices

20 June 2021 - 00:02
Niren Moti's ex returned his gifts, now he's selling them at fire-sale prices. File photo.
Niren Moti's ex returned his gifts, now he's selling them at fire-sale prices. File photo.
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After a 36-month romance turned sour, a wealthy Johannesburg business owner has turned to Instagram to flog almost R1m worth of expensive clothing, jewellery and gifts he had given his ex.

And Niren Moti is doing a roaring trade - with designer clothing going at a fraction of the retail price.

Among the goods are Roberto Cavalli boots, never worn, that cost R14,000 new and can be had for R5,000; and diamond earrings from Cape Town jeweller Lorraine Efune that cost R40,000 new and are on offer at half that price. A brand-new pair of Versace boots that cost R6,500 have already been snapped up for just R2,500.

There is lots more bling, including pearls and diamonds, and items bearing such labels as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Michael Kors, Karl Lagerfeld and Moschino.

Moti told the Sunday Times this week the money he raised would go towards the humanitarian nonprofit Hope SA, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and a new organisation he wants to create - which would offer free counselling and legal advice for men who feel they have been taken advantage of by women.

"Men don't want to speak about these things because they're embarrassed," Moti said.

"Yes, men do terrible things to women, but there are also men who are taken advantage of by women. They are left with nothing," he said.

Yes, men do terrible things to women, but there are also men who are taken advantage of by women
Niren Moti

"We have a WhatsApp group of 30 men who have come together to speak about this type of thing. We want to make a space where they can not be ashamed to speak about how they have been hurt."

Every day from May 24, one or two new items were placed on the account, beginning with a pair of size 5½ Christian Louboutin ankle boots - never worn, and one of only 25 pairs in the world - that retails for R25,000. Moti offered them at 50% off.

"These are stunning," was one woman's response, with a crying emoji. "Love this," was another response. At the time the Instagram account had just over 50 followers but now there are at least 10 times as many.

A pair of size 4 Karl Lagerfeld sneakers, which retail for R6,000, sold quickly for R2,000. The new owner posted: "Love these! Can't wait to wear them. Thanks for the great service and quick delivery."

A pair of 1ct diamond earrings set in white gold that cost R60,000 new has attracted less interest. Never worn, they are still on sale for R35,000 after nearly a month.

Moti, who made his money through aviation, logistics and security, had been in a relationship with Suvarna Singh, who works in human resources.

He said he had been in love and he and Singh had picked out - but not bought - a R400,000 pear-shaped diamond for an engagement ring.

Singh declined a Sunday Times request for comment due to "the personal nature of the questions".

Moti said he had received eight gifts from her during their relationship, the most expensive of which was a R2,000 bottle of fragrance. He claims he gave them all back, but they were subsequently returned to him.

His lawyer, Kirshen Naidoo, said that because Singh had returned the gifts Moti had given her, they were now his and he could do as he pleased with them.

At first the Instagram account - The Glitter Collection - outlined why the items were on sale and gave Moti's side of the break-up.

But, Naidoo said, Moti took down the post giving reasons for the sale after he was threatened with a defamation lawsuit. Now Moti says the items are being sold "so other girls who previously could not afford such items can now own and use them".

On Friday, Moti had second thoughts and closed the account, but hours later it was back up.


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