Car rental company sues ANC for failing to pay for 595 cars

Car rental company sues ANC for failing to pay for 595 cars

A fleet of cars. Picture: AFP/File/TIMOTHY A. CLARY

Sizwe Car Rentals says they have the invoices to prove that the governing party owes them more than R5.7 million.

A car rental company in Ekurhuleni is suing the ANC for more than R5.7 million, accusing the governing party of renting 595 cars and then failing to pay for them.

The cars were rented between August 2017 and July 2018, with many believed to be rented ahead of the Nasrec conference in December 2017, which led to the election of President Cyril Ramaphosa as ANC president.

City Press reports that Isando-based Sizwe Car Rental has launched an application to have an order for judgment issued against Luthuli House at the High Court in Pretoria.

The company wants to recoup rental fees for vehicles which it claims were rented from airports and rental depots across the country, adding that they had the invoices to back up their claims.

The ANC now has until Wednesday to tell the court whether it will be disputing the claims. If it doesn’t meet this deadline, judgment may be made against the party without further notice.

This is not the first time the party has been sued for debts accrued at the Nasrec conference.

READ MORE: ANC being sued over Nasrec conference debt

According to court papers tabloid Sunday World reported it had seen, an events company took the ruling party to court in December over unpaid debts related to the Nasrec conference.

Congress Rental South Africa reportedly filed papers in the High Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday for the half a million rand they claim is still owed to them for the hire of conference equipment and associated costs.

They also claimed for another ANC conference last year at the Nasrec Expo Centre.

The company claimed the ANC not only failed to pay the remainder of their dues after having paid deposits, they also made off with 25 receivers and 25 of headsets, which amounted to R114,570.

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe reportedly said they would talk to the company and “find a solution to this matter”.

At the Nasrec conference, ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize said the party was technically insolvent, with R215 million in debt and a R47 million budget deficit.

(Compiled by Daniel Friedman)

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