A North West taxi owner has accused Hlaudi Motsoeneng of owing him money after he transported his supporters to his party’s conference in April.
Khuli Motsuwane said he was hired by Motsoeneng’s party African Content Movement (ACM) to transport supporters to Ladysmith but was only paid R10,000.
Motsuwane, from Mahikeng, told Sowetan he transported ACM members with his two 22-seater vehicles on April 27th.
He also said he helped the party with delivering its election posters to different areas in the province.
However, Motsuwane said he was still owed R96,000 from R106,000 he had been promised when he agreed to help the party with transport.
He said when he asked Motsoeneng for payment, the ACM leader told him the amount was too high.
“He told me that I will lose more money if I involve lawyers,” said Motsuwane.
“He then said he will deposit R10,000, which he did.” Motsuwane said after he received the money last week he called Motsoeneng to ask him about the balance.
But Motsuwane said Motsoeneng told him he would not entertain him anymore and has not heard from him since.
When contacted yesterday, Motsoeneng said he was aware of the dispute between his party and the taxi boss.
“I do not want to be involved because I do not use a taxi,” Motsoeneng said.
“A man of my calibre does not use a taxi. Why must I pay him because I did not use his taxi.”
ACM spokesperson Nicolas Thipe said they paid the taxi owner the R10 000 as part of Ubuntu while waiting for him to send the head office the invoice.
“He was informed to bring the invoice but out of our generosity we paid him R10 000 and he has not brought an invoice to us. His job was to take people from Mahikeng and Potchefstroom Bojanala o the Marobaroba event in Harrismith.
“The figure was the amount between R15 000 to R20 000 that the amount that I know. Asked why he was not sure of the amount he then corrected himself and said it was R20 000.
“The guy had to drive using his own petrol and transported our people so as our generosity as Africans we thought of giving him that money while waiting for the invoice and soon as he brings that (Invoice) then we will pay the rest of the money” Thipe said.
He said he was not informed about other trips like delivering posters to different areas across the province.
“We will have to find out who authorised other trips like the one of transporting the posters as the head office was not informed about such trips” he said.