The ANC in the Moses Mabhida region is in big trouble. It is alleged that the party have been evicted from its Pietermaritzburg offices for owing over R1.6 million for rent and electricity.
The party’s recent move from the offices in Jabu Ndlovu Street allegedly followed numerous previous attempts to evict them from the building by the landlord, who operated under the name Mark of a King Investments (Pty) Ltd.
The ANC has now taken up offices in Hoosen Haffajee Street after occupying their previous office in Jabu Ndlovu Street for almost 10 years.
Well-placed sources within the ANC have revealed that the party owed its previous landlord, a local businessman, well over R1 million in unpaid rent.
The ANC regional office is also allegedly in arrears with its municipal electricity account to the tune of over R600 000.
ANC regional spokesperson Spha Khumalo said he could not comment on the matter and referred the media back to Pres.Zuma.
It has been revealed that no account for the Jabu Ndlovu Street offices exists on the municipality’s billing system. The account details under the name of the landlord and the ANC were checked out , and both emerged as non-existent.
“If the account does not exist, then there is surely something not right. They are receiving municipal services and should have an account,” said a source.
He said that the ANC’s Moses Mabhida branch had never been disconnected from municipal services.
“About three years ago the sheriff was chased away from the office at gunpoint when he arrived with the eviction order.
“No one reported it and no one spoke of it again, and the incident was eventually swept under the carpet with the ANC remaining in the building,” alleged the well-placed source.
Three reliable sources within the ANC have confirmed the allegations contained in this article, but asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue. “It is a known fact that they [the ANC] owe the municipality thousands of rands for their water and electricity usage, yet they have never been disconnected,” said the source.
Msunduzi spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said the municipality needed time to investigate the allegations before responding.
DA provincial deputy leader Mergan Chetty said the “arrogant behaviour” was synonymous with the current ANC leadership. “The current ANC leadership believe they are neither answerable nor accountable,” he said.