Businessman accuses firm with no proof. Now he’s got a R90k fine


Businessman accuses firm with no proof. Now he’s got a R90k fine

The Eastern Cape philanthropist has been ordered to pay a large fine for claiming the company was fraudulent


Eastern Cape philanthropist and businessman Madoda Tshokotshi has been slapped with a R90,000 fine for defaming a company he was working with that provided sanitation services to impoverished communities.

Impilo Yabantu Services (IYS), a subsidiary of Amanz’Abantu Services, originally teamed up with water and sanitation NGO The Mvula Trust to provide such services for schools across the Eastern Cape, including Butterworth, Cofimvaba, Dutywa and East London. The almost three-year R61m operation spanned between September 2013 and March 2016 with various agreements between the main company and numerous smaller businesses to provide water and sanitation services.

Tshokotshi was the director of Kids Investments (KI), one of the smaller businesses that entered into a contract with the trust and IYS to perform work in the schools, such as providing toilets and other water-related products. Tshokotshi’s company was one of the local small businesses that signed on to assist the project...

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