Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been accused of not paying a North West taxi owner for transporting supporters in April. The politician is adamant that he will not be paying the outstanding funds, claiming that he had never made use of the taxi in the first place.
Khuli Motsuwane, a North West taxi owner, has accused Hlaudi Motsoeneng of failing to pay his bill for transporting supporters to a party conference.
Motsuwane says he had transported African Content Movement supporters with his 22-seater vehicles back in April, but had only received R10 000 out of the R106 000 owed to him.
The taxi owner claims Motsoeneng had refused to pay the high amount when he was asked for payment, saying that Motsuwane would lose more money if he got lawyers involved.
Motsoeneng promised to pay R10 000, which the taxi owner has confirmed to have received, but Motsuwane now wants the balance to be paid.
Motsoeneng himself has admitted that he was aware of the dispute, but shrugged off responsibility for the debt:
"I do not want to be involved because I do not use a taxi. A man of my calibre does not use a taxi. Why must I pay him because I did not use his taxi."
ACM spokesperson Nicolas Thipe says that the party had paid the amount while waiting for the final invoice to be sent:
“The guy had to drive using his own petrol and transported our people so as our generosity as Africans we thought of giving him that money while waiting for the invoice and soon as he brings that (Invoice) then we will pay the rest of the money”
The taxi owner claims to have done other trips, like delivering posters to various areas across the province, reports The Sowetan.
Thipe, however, denies having given permission for these trips, commenting that:
“We will have to find out who authorised other trips like the one of transporting the posters as the head office was not informed about such trip."
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