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WATCH: Councillors deny corruption caught on tape

11 November, 04:15 PM

Councillors in the North West municipality of Ditsobotla have vehemently denied that there was any wrongdoing when they approved a debt-collection company. 

City Press is in possession of a recording (see below) of a meeting that took place at the Lichtenburg Golf Club on August 28, where eight councillors – including the council speaker – met with Fikile Bili, the owner of a debt-collection company called Zandile Management Services that had been contracted by the municipality to collect outstanding service bills. Ditsobotla’s administrative woes saw it being named as among the top 20 defaulting municipalities who were warned of possible power cuts by Eskom unless they made arrangements to pay. 

The recording reveals how the councillors demanded “two-fifty” – or R250 000 – for their help in ensuring his invoices were paid and that he retained his contract. 

City Press spoke to some of the councillors who were allegedly on the recording, including the municipal manger and council speaker. They denied that they had been at the meeting. 

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