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By unknown | Nov 02, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Eric Naki

Eric Naki

The SACP might have its property attached by the sheriff of the court should the party fail to pay a R1,77million debt it owes the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

The SACP requested that the university extend its initial deadline of October 26 to November 30 after the university issued a final notice of demand.

University spokesman Roslyn Baatjies told Sowetan yesterday that the institution had agreed to extend the deadline by almost a month, and that the period in between would be used to negotiate how the SACP would pay the debt.

"The SACP approached us last week with a proposal on how it intends to settle the money. We are engaged in discussions with them around the issue.

"We are now in the process of drawing up an agreement on how they will settle the debt," said Baatjies.

She said the university was hoping that an agreement would be reached before November 30.

She promised to give an update on the issue in a few days' time.

The SACP's debt arose when it failed to pay the initial R1,75 million to the university for hosting the party's 12th national congress in July.

The university said the amount had since increased to R1,77million due to interest.

Baatjies said the university had not yet involved the sheriff, but whether this would be necessary depended on the outcome of the negotiation between the two parties.

The issue has worsened the SACP's financial woes.

The party had experienced financial difficulties after some donors reneged on their financial pledges, resulting in the party being unable to pay even its staff.

The party is also said to owe the taxman about R1,5 million.

SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande was recently entangled in a controversy after a Pretoria businessman, Charles Modise, claimed he gave the SACP an amount of R500000 in donation.

The money went missing.

The spotlight fell on Nzimande after SACP central committee member Willie Madisha said he gave the money to him in bags.

Nzimande has since denied any knowledge of the money, and a party-initiated investigation absolved Nzimande of any wrongdoing.

Malesela Maleka, the SACP's spokesman, did not answer his cellphone all day yesterday.

The party's office phone also remained engaged.


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