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Fikile Mbalula. Photo: Archive
Fikile Mbalula. Photo: Archive


The ANC tried to pin blame on a finance manager at Luthuli House for the unauthorised procurement of campaign materials for the 2019 general elections at a cost more than R102 million when the party had no budget, which absolved then treasurer-general Paul Mashatile and elections head Fikile Mbalula from responsibility.

Last week, the governing party suffered a third blow in its bid to escape accountability for the debt as a full Bench of the Johannesburg High Court confirmed an earlier order that the money was owed and must be paid to a KwaZulu-Natal-based marketing company Ezulweni Investments for the supply and erection of PVC banners in the run-up to the elections.

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