R4m ANCYL bill battle set for Monday

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Johanensburg - The High Court in Johannesburg is on Monday due to hear a bid by Gallagher Convention Centre to recover more than R4 million the ANC Youth League owes it.

“Attempts were made for a settlement agreement but nothing came from it,” lawyer Phillip Patlansky, for Gallagher Estate, said on Thursday.

“So the court case will go ahead on Monday, May 19.”

Atterbell Investments, trading as Gallagher Estate, said the ANCYL owed it more than R4m for four events at the centre in June 2011.

In April it asked the court to place the ANCYL under final liquidation or provisionally sequestrate it.

Members of the league met Gallagher officials to try to resolve the matter, said Patlansky.

On Thursday, ANCYL co-ordinator Magasela Mzobe said everything was fine.

“We are on the same page with Gallagher,” he said, declining to elaborate.

“We won't be liquidated.”

According to an affidavit by the convention centre's chief executive Adolf Venter, a default judgment was handed down on the matter in September 2011.

A writ was executed by the Sheriff of the Court on April 11 this year at the ANC's headquarters Luthuli House, Johannesburg.

It was served on the league's convener Mzwandile Masina's personal assistant.

“[The assistant] advised the sheriff that the [ANCYL] was unable to satisfy the writ nor had any disposable assets/property to satisfy the writ and that all assets at Luthuli House belonged to the African National Congress,” according to the affidavit.

In March, another liquidation case against the league was settled out of court.

High Court Judge Phillip Boruchowitz had discharged a provisional liquidation order made in November last year.

The original liquidation order against the league was applied for by Bloemfontein events company Z2 Presentations, which had originally been tasked with running the ANCYL's 2008 national conference in the Free State. The conference left the company R15m out of pocket after the league did not pay its bill.

A hotel, trading as Palanquin Hospitality Management and based in Bloemfontein, claimed R1.5m from the ANCYL, lawyer Steven van Rensburg said during a new application brought to court in January.

Palanquin, which is in liquidation, provided accommodation for the conference delegates.

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