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City Press reports that employees in the troubled Matjhabeng Local Municipality in the Free State were allegedly ordered to pay between R1,000 and R10,000 towards the hosting of an ANC gala dinner to raise funds for elections.

The order was allegedly issued by executive mayor Thanduxolo Khalipha on Thursday last week, with the senior management's alleged contribution set at R10,000 each, while their junior counterparts and other workers were required to pay R1,000 each. According to sources, the workers were ordered to pay the money by noon on Friday or face the consequences. An official claimed: “Senior management was called by the mayor to a meeting on Thursday, demanding money for the ANC gala dinner. The management was told to pass the message to all employees to pay R1,000, and senior management was told to pay R10,000 each. The mayor said the ANC did not have money to campaign for elections and made it clear that everyone must pay or else they will see what's coming to them.” The official, who did not pay, said it was unclear if anyone had paid. But, the gala dinner, which was supposed to have been held on Saturday, did not happen, indicating that Khalipha could not raise the funds. Another official, who also did not pay, said they were now waiting to see what would happen to them, as they had been told there would be consequences for those who did not pay. SA Municipal Workers’ Union Free State provincial secretary Tiisetso Mahlatsi said he could not confirm nor deny if such an instruction was issued to any of their members.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sipho Mabena at City Press (subscriber access only)

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