ANC cheers probe to clean out corrupt, incompetent institutions

The African National Congress on Thursday welcomed the Special Investigating Unit’s (SIU’s) probe into a number of institutions for maladministration and corruption. “This decision is underpinned by the commitment of the ANC to ensure zero tolerance to corruption for greater accountability and clean governance,” spokesman Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

ANC stake in Hitachi is a scandal

Zille says that SA’s progress is being reversed under Zuma and South Africans should be furious. The African National Congress is benefiting from the country’s power emergency, DA leader Helen Zille said on Saturday. “While Mpumalanga’s economy is not growing and more people are unemployed, while South Africa is in a power emergency and while our electricity prices increase every year, Jacob Zuma’s ANC is profiting,” Zille said in a speech prepared for delivery.

Government ‘wasting’ almost R1 000 per second

The Auditor General has reported that widespread wastage and irregular ANC-Zuma government spending has resulted in the loss of almost R30 billion during the past year. Yes, thirty billion rand, which is in effect thirty thousand million rand, or R30 000 000 000, lost during the past financial year due to irregular and wasteful expenditure. The mind boggles at these astronomical figures, which confirms just how uncaring, incompetent, devious, arrogant greedy and corrupt, our ANC-Zuma government actually is under President Jacob Zuma.

ANC’s Kegakilwe accused of improper conduct, pocketing state funds

ANC North West acting provincial secretary Gordon Kegakilwe has been accused of abusing state funds, including pocketing R40k meant for an ANCWL trip. ANC North West acting provincial secretary Gordon Kegakilwe stands accused of abusing state funds for personal use and misappropriating the provincial legislature’s monies. It is alleged that between April 2012 and July 2013, when Kegakilwe was the ANC chief whip in the legislature, his office spent taxpayers’ money in an improper way.

ANC’s Pule Mabe arrested for fraud

The ANC’s Pule Mabe has been arrested with two others, allegedly in connection with illegally soliciting funds from SA’s social grants agency. Senior ANC member Pule Mabe was arrested with two others on Friday morning on charges ranging from theft to fraud and money laundering.  His co-accused are Paseka Letsatsi, head of communications of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), and Surprise Kabedi Ramosa, reportedly one of Mabe’s business partners.

ANC demands M&G retraction, apology

The Mail&Guardian must retract its story that ANC chairwoman Baleka Mbete was bribed by Gold Fields and apologise to her and the ANC, the party said on Tuesday. “In their eagerness to discredit the national chairperson and the ANC, the paper published a story that is flimsy, unsubstantiated and is just an exercise in slander,” it said in a statement.

Madonsela resists cabinet pressure to drop Nkandla probe

Members of President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet tried to strong-arm public protector Thuli Madonsela at two meetings into dropping her investigation into his R208-million upgrade of his private Nkandla estate. Several ministers and state law adviser Enver Daniels have confirmed there were discussions and meetings, but not that Madonsela was asked to back off. A source with direct knowledge of the discussions told the Sunday Times, however, that Madonsela was twice told to stop her investigation but insisted she had a right and a duty to pursue the probe requested byRead More

Fighting ANC corruption a battle

Fighting corruption in the ANC will be a “battle”, ANC integrity committee member Frene Ginwala has told The Sunday Times. “To have taken the step of actually setting up such a committee is an enormous battle and it has come,” Ginwala was quoted as telling the newspaper in an interview. “We’ve got to maintain the pressure to make sure it becomes effective. Even among the members of the committee, as well as among the national executive, its going to be a battle.”

‘Big Brother’ to watch cops

”Big Brother” tactics might soon be deployed to stop the scourge of police brutality following high-level discussions in the ANC. In a month in which South Africa’s human rights image has been rubbished internationally, the country has been plagued by allegations of police brutality, torture and murder. The discussions – taking place in the ANC’s peace and security committee – centre on placing surveillance cameras in all police cars to ensure that arrests, and the treatment of suspects, are beyond reproach.

Guptas ‘never asked’ ANC to pay for rent

The ANC has allegedly not paid rent since taking occupation of offices in 2008 in a Cape Town building the family owns on the foreshore. “Show us a single invoice for our rent at Sahara House,” said an ANC official familiar with the circumstances. “You won’t find one because we were not asked or expected to pay rent.” Another tenant who occupies a smaller office in the building told the Mail & Guardian they were paying about R13 000 a month, which included electricity. But nobody is keeping tally in theRead More

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