Nadeco former president’s order to pay

2008-01-17 00:00

The former president of the National Democratic Convention (Nadeco), Ziba Jiyane, has been ordered by the high court in Pietermaritzburg to account to the political party in respect of allegedly unauthorised payments, by him, from the party’s bank accounts, totalling more than R500 000.

Two payments totalling R168 000 were allegedly made to Jiyane himself, according to court papers.

According to documents before the high court, Jiyane was served with a summons in connection with the matter in September last year, and his attorneys filed an intention to defend the case.

The matter was placed on the court roll twice, but was struck off.

Yesterday, Nadeco was granted an order by Judge Jan Hugo ordering Jiyane to render a full account (supported by vouchers) of all monies he allegedly caused to be transferred out of two of Nadeco’s bank accounts, and to pay Nadeco whatever amount appears due to it upon debatement of the account.

In the event Jiyane fails to render and debate an account within 10 days of the court order being served on him, Nadeco has been given leave to approach the court for judgment against him for payment of R510 696,78 plus interest from the date of the withdrawals to the date of payment.

According to the summons issued against Jiyane, at the relevant time he was interim president of Nadeco and was one of two designated co-signatories on two Standard Bank accounts, payments out of the party’s bank accounts were required to be authorised by the interim national executive committee.

It is alleged that during November 2006, Jiyane caused R528 000 to be transferred from one account to another, and later allegedly caused several payments to be made from that account totalling R510 696,78.

The withdrawals or payments reflected in the summons include two alleged payments to Jiyane himself — one of R150 000 on November 13, 2006, and another of R18 000 on January 18, 2007. Other payments were allegedly made to Homenet Rabie, Morris Centre Pty Ltd, ACRAFT, Easy Does It, Cox Yeats, HMV van der Heyde, Kairos Media, Vishnu Maharaj, Mangosuthu Technikon and Ilanga newspaper.

ingrido@witness.co.za

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