‘We will re­spect the court’

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - Politics - BONOLO SELEBANO bono­los@afro­tone.co.za DEN­NIS CRUYWAGEN

THE ANC yes­ter­day dodged an at­tach­ment or­der of as­sets worth R300000 from its Luthuli House head­quar­ters af­ter reach­ing an “am­i­ca­ble” agree­ment with the city of Jo­han­nes­burg.

This af­ter Jo­han­nes­burg mayor Her­man Mashaba vowed to at­tach prop­erty at the gov­ern­ing party’s head­quar­ters ow­ing to its fail­ure to pay more than R300 000 in le­gal fees af­ter the city ob­tained a writ of ex­e­cu­tion against the ANC.

ANC re­gional spokesper­son Jolidee Ma­tongo said the party met with lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the city and that an agree­ment was reached.

“(On June 12) we learnt we were re­quired to pro­vide the city’s lawyers with a set­tle­ment pro­posal on or be­fore June 15, af­ter the mayor made a pub­lic state­ment on the mat­ter.

“We im­me­di­ately met with the city’s lawyers to reach an am­i­ca­ble con­clu­sion on the mat­ter,” he said.

“Should the ANC fail to hon­our this pay­ment by Friday the City has in­structed its lawyers to pro­ceed with ex­e­cu­tion of the court or­der, which will re­sult in R300 000 worth of prop­erty be­ing seized from ANC head­quar­ters, Luthuli House,” Mashaba said.

How­ever, Ma­tongo said the ANC did not know about the need to set­tle with the city’s lawyers. “We would have set­tled the taxed bill of costs as soon as we were ad­vised by our lawyers to do so. Our ap­pli­ca­tion was merely struck off the rill due to a lack of ur­gency. The ANC Cau­cus in Jo­han­nes­burg wishes to place it on record that we will al­ways re­spect our courts,” Ma­tongo said. RE­FLECT­ING on the first six months of the Par­lia­ment cal­en­dar, ANC chief whip Jack­son Mthembu ve­he­mently de­nied the party was fol­low­ing an EFF agenda and also la­belled as in­cite­ment that party’s call for land to be oc­cu­pied.

He also praised Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa for the man­ner in which he has re­stored trust and car­ried him­self in of­fice since tak­ing over from Ja­cob Zuma in Fe­bru­ary.

Deputy Pres­i­dent David Mabuza also earned a plus mark from Mthembu.

Asked about the EFF us­ing a Na­tional Assem­bly sit­ting to en­cour­age sup­port­ers to oc­cupy land, he said: “Can I un­der the guise of free­dom ex­pres­sion call for a crim­i­nal act to be un­der­taken? We don’t think so.”

He told a me­dia brief­ing Par­lia­ment must look at whether a Cham­ber can be used to “in­cite peo­ple to call for ac­tion that is il­le­gal. Can all that be con­strued to fall un­der free­dom of ex­pres­sion? My view is ‘No’”. “This is crim­i­nal con­duct and that’s my view. It’s call­ing on the

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