ANC rallies behind graft-accused mayor

2013-05-09 10:18
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East London - The ANC has denied that Ndlambe mayor Sipho Tandani offered a hardware shop a lucrative contract to settle a R92 000 debt, it was reported on Thursday.

The Daily Dispatch reported that 20 African National Congress politicians rallied behind Tandani on Tuesday, when it was denied that he offered to secure Builders Trader a piping contract as a trade-off for settling his private debt.

The allegations were reportedly contained in affidavits by Builders Trader director Rory McNelis, and lawyer Hein Audie in a sequestration application on 18 April.

Bribe turned down

In his affidavit, McNelis said the bribe was turned down and Audie was instructed to proceed with legal action to try and recover the money.

The Dispatch reported that the Democratic Alliance in Ndlambe had handed the high court sequestration documentation to the police, and a corruption accusation was being investigated.

According to the paper, ANC regional secretary Scara Njadayi described the claims as "serious political allegations".

He said after meeting with Tandani, ANC leadership was convinced he and the ANC were corruption free.

He was unsure how Tandani would have secured the alleged bribe as he did not sit on any supply chain process committees, and was not involved with the Amathola Water Board, which would decide which supplier would be awarded the tender.

Njadayi told the Dispatch Tandani had secured loans and had paid Builders Trader R40 000 last week and R52 000 on Monday.

Tandani was reportedly provisionally sequestrated by the Eastern Cape High Court in Grahamstown for failing to settle his account with Builders Trader for materials delivered and used to renovate his Station Hill home last year.

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