Municipality ‘buys’ back seized assets, cancels payment

2015-03-05 11:31

The Thaba Chweu municipality in Mashishing (Lydenburg), Mpumalanga, “bought” back furniture, computers and two vehicles the sheriff seized from its offices.

But a few hours after three of its staff members successfully bid for the assets at an auction, the municipality cancelled the electronic funds transfer to pay for them, Beeld newspaper reported today.

This happened last week, according to a municipality insider, who was not named by Beeld.

The sheriff returned to the municipality’s offices on Tuesday to seize two new Nissan bakkies.

“We have learnt a very hard lesson now,” the official said.

Beeld said there were 15 court orders to seize assets from the municipality to pay outstanding debt.

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