A member of the ANC has been accused of demanding a R50 000 bribe from a local musician after his request for funding was approved. According to Andile Lento said he refused to pay what the councillor termed “idrink”.
According to the word on the street, Ward 1 councillor, Kuhle Ciliza, is accused of asking a bribe in the form of a R50 0000 kickback from Andile Lento, a Duncan Village-based musician.
Lento claims that he received a message on Facebook telling him that the council approved his funding request.
The musician asked for a R904,000 funding from the city's special programmes so he could promote his new album by having a countrywide tour.
From what Lento said, it is believed that Ciliza sent him a message saying his application was approved and that he should send her money.
However, the funding request was later ignored, and the musician suspects it's because he didn't want to pay the R50 00 'idrink' that Ciliza demanded.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Lento wrote a complaint letter to BCM mayor Xola Pakati as well as sent a copy to council speaker Alfred Mtsi.
What was disturbing was the fact that she made a request for a kickback of R50,000, to which I objected to in the telephone conversation after she requested my number on my Facebook account.
I have reason to believe that I was simply disadvantaged and my company was removed from the list that she had sent to me, simply because I did not agree to pay the bribe, which she called idrink, as she also stated this in her text messages.
Should I be punished by my government that I trust for being a good citizen?
We are not only dealing with a corrupt system but this is a criminal matter which I believe council needs to investigate and rid itself of such tendencies.
The Daily Dispatch reported that Luzuko Buku, Mayor Pakati's spokesperson, confirmed that the letter of complaint was received on 19 March.
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