Legal woes for ANC after failing to pay for nearly 600 rentals

Legal woes for ANC after failing to pay for nearly 600 rentals

- The ANC is being sued for more than R5.7 million, with interest, after they failed to pay for nearly 600 cars they rented

- An Ekurhuleni-based car rental firm has taken action over the issue, accussing the party of withholding funds for rentals they used ahead of the 2017 NASREC conference

- The party now has until Wednesday to dispute the claims, failing which a judgment may immediately be passed against them

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Sizwe Car Rental has applied to a Pretoria High Court to have an order for judgement issued against the ruling party.

This comes after the ANC rented 595 vehicles ahead of its NASREC conference back in December 2017, but failed to foot the R5.7 million bill.

The vehicles were rented from airports and other motor depots across South Africa with invoices issued in this regard.

Now, the ANC has until Wednesday this week to inform the court whether it wishes to dispute the claim and defend themselves against the allegations or pay up.

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Failing to do so, according to News24, could result in the judgement being levied against the party without further notice.

The company claims that it had repeatedly sent the invoices to the party, indicating which vehicles had been rented and where, but to date no payment has been made.

Former ANC treasurer-general, Zweli Mkhize, claimed that the party was technically-insolvent, with liabilities exceeding its assets by far.

Mkhize reported a R215 million debt and a nearly R50 million budget deficit for the previous financial year.

This grim financial state of affairs was chalked up to the millions splurged on wooing voters during the 2014 general elections and the 2016 local government elections, with R750 million spent.

The ANC had yet to comment on this issue at the time of publication.

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