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Kimberley - The Northern Cape High Court has granted AfriForum an interim order to prevent the Ga-Segonyana municipality from paying a businessman R4.25 million, the lobby group said on Tuesday.
The order stopped the municipality from paying Wandile Bozwana, the civil rights group's Northern Cape organiser Wesley Martin said in a statement.
This was pending a separate application by AfriForum to stop the payment altogether.
“AfriForum submitted an urgent application after it came to light that an agreement had been reached on September 16 between the municipal manager, Edward Ntefang, and Bozwana for the payment of R4.25 million,” he said.
“AfriForum believes that Ntefang was not authorised to enter into the agreement.”
This was because the Municipal Finance Management Act stipulates that only a mayor may authorise payments not provided for in a municipality's budget. The payment would have been compensation for a transaction entered into in 2007 between the municipality and the businessman, which went awry, said Martin.
“The High Court found in 2007 that the correct procedure was not followed to dispose of the land, and development was stopped summarily.”
Bozwana was the director of TEB Properties, said Martin.