ANC ‘convinced’ mayor didn’t offer bribe to settle debt

2013-05-09 08:43

The ANC has denied Ndlambe mayor Sipho Tandani offered a hardware shop a lucrative contract to settle a R92 000 debt.

The Dispatch Online reported today that 20 ANC politicians rallied behind Tandani on Tuesday, when it was denied 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 April 18.

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

According to the website, ANC regional secretary Scara Njadayi described the claims as “serious political allegations”.

He said after meeting with Tandani, the 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 website 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 Grahamstown High Court 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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