- The ANC says it will not pay the R102 million bill a service provider claims it owes
- The bill is apparently owed after 30 000 election posters that were printed for this year's elections
- The party says it never officially placed an order and refuses to cough up the owed moola
A company in KwaZulu-Natal, Ezulweni Investments, is taking the ruling party to court after it is refusing to pay for 30 000 posters printed by them.
The company is hoping matters will be settled in the Gauteng South High Court as they hope to get an order that compels the ANC to pay the R102 million bill.
TimesLIVE reports that an internal investigation has found that the deal for election posters for this year's election campaign was made fraudulently and thus it is refusing to pay.
The ANC's Treasurer-General, Paul Mashatile, says the party is prepared to defend the matter in court.
The people behind the shady deal is now pleading ignorant, according to Mashatile.
"The people came to us saying they did posters for us for R100m and I am not aware of it. Fikile Mbalula, who was the head of elections, was not aware of it. We wanted to know who ordered the posters. They pointed to someone in the office of Mbalula who was expelled. But that person also denies that they told them to proceed.
"But the bottom line is, at Luthuli House, nothing can be procured until the T-G (treasurer-general) has approved, and I never approved that thing. So they have gone to court, which is fine, but we will never pay for things we did not order. The ANC is not at fault."
Briefly.co.za gathered that Renash Ramdas, Ezulweni Investments CEO, said the company printed more than 30 000 posters and banners which were hung on street poles across all provinces except for the Western Cape.
Ramdas pointed to Luthuli House finance manager Nhlanhla Mabaso and Mbalula’s former personal assistant, Lebohang Nkholise, as the officials who had ordered the posters.
Nkholise was fired from Luthuli House last month after he had been suspended in September on allegations of forging Mbalula’s signature.
The allegations of failure to pay have been made by the company months ago.
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