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Legislature denies millions owed to city municipality

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“This erf is part of a much bigger unused part of land around the Institutions precinct, and not the legislature building"

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THE NORTHERN Cape Provincial Legislature has denied that it owes the Sol Plaatje Municipality
R9.3 million, as stated in the Section 106 Investigation Report.

According to the Section 106 report, mandated by the MEC of Coghsta, Bentley Vass, the Northern Cape Legislature is one of the top six debtors, in terms of the annual financial statements of the Sol Plaatje Municipality for the year ended June 30 2018, owing the municipality a total of R9 301 205.

Spokesperson for the Northern Cape Legislature, Carmen Gopane, said yesterday that the legislature wished to place on record “that the information as reported in the DFA on October 31 2018, article titled ‘The top 6 municipal debtors’ is incorrect”.

“The information reported in the said report is incorrect and the paper is requested to correct this statement and to issue a written apology in the DFA, as this negative report tarnished the image of the institution.”

She added that upon extensive inquiry from the Sol Plaatje municipality it was reported that the outstanding amount of R9 301 205 was for rates and taxes owed to the municipality for the entire erf, on which the legislature building is situated.

“This erf is part of a much bigger unused part of land around the Institutions precinct, and not the legislature building.

The Sol Plaatje municipality confirmed that the rates and tax bill is not that of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature. This can be verified with the Sol Plaatje municipality,” Gopane stated.

“The legislature would therefore categorically state that in no uncertain terms does it owe the municipality and have in turn honoured all its financial obligations and is in good standing with the municipality.”