ANC dragged to court over R1.7-million bill

The African National Congress in the Western Cape has been taken to court over R1.7-million owed to the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The Sunday Times reported that the centre applied for a default judgment against the provincial ANC in the high court in Cape Town on Friday—six months after its provincial conference was held there.

Joey Pather, the centre’s chief operating officer, said the centre was left with no choice after repeated requests for payment.

“From our perspective, we have processes in place. When a party deviates from this process, we have to take certain steps.”

Pather said the CTICC had tried several methods to reclaim the money before going to court.

“As a municipal entity, we tried several procedures meant to allow the ANC to pay us without taking the matter in front of a judge. All these methods, however, failed to get a response from the ANC Western Cape leadership, and we were forced to take them to court.”

ANC provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile said the party was committed to resolving the problem.

“We are aware of the issue of debt with this particular creditor, and we are in the process of resolving it.”

The ANC’s Western Cape branch hosted its provincial conference in the centre’s grand ballroom from February 11 to 13.—Sapa

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