R100 000 ON PETROL, CAR RENTAL

ANC chief whip in North West goes on a spend­ing spree with the party’s cor­po­rate credit card. Hoff­man Galeng man­aged to spend R225 000 on the card in just five months

CityPress - - Front Page - CAI­PHUS KGOSANA cai­phus.kgosana@city­press.co.za

Eleven thou­sand rand on Nando’s and KFC, R79 000 on gro­ceries, more than R100 000 on petrol and rental cars, and six dif­fer­ent swipes for fuel in just one day. This is how the chief whip of the ANC in the North West leg­is­la­ture, Hoff­man Galeng, has been liv­ing it up on the party’s cor­po­rate credit card, spend­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands on take­aways, gro­ceries and fuel.

Galeng, who was ap­pointed chief whip after the May elec­tions, has blown thou­sands on fast food.

He has also splashed out on fuel, and at times the card has been used four times in one day to fill up petrol at the same ser­vice sta­tion.

On av­er­age, Galeng spent be­tween R25 000 and R50 000 a month with the card be­tween June and Novem­ber last year. He also spent thou­sands on gro­ceries at dif­fer­ent su­per­mar­kets in his home­town of Vry­burg and North West’s cap­i­tal city, Mahikeng, where the provin­cial leg­is­la­ture is based and where he has a home when it’s in ses­sion.

Con­fronted this week, Galeng said the rev­e­la­tions were a smear cam­paign di­rected at him.

“This ma­li­cious ru­mour is be­ing spread by some peo­ple. I was ap­pointed by the move­ment and what­ever I do on a daily and monthly ba­sis, I re­port to the ANC,” he said.

He re­fused to ex­plain the na­ture of the trans­ac­tions, or why he needed to spend so much on gro­ceries and fast food.

Bank state­ments re­flect­ing trans­ac­tions on the ANC cau­cus credit card, seen by City Press, show that Galeng spent R225 000 on the card in just five months.

As­tate­ment of Galeng’s fuel spend in­di­cates six trans­ac­tions were made at filling sta­tions in Mahikeng and Vry­burg on Septem­ber 15.

The to­tal came to R4 324.12. This means that at least five cars, with an av­er­age fuel tank of 60 litres, could have been topped up with petrol and driven from Mahikeng to Vry­burg and back with­out need­ing to be re­filled.

On Au­gust 21, the card was swiped four times in one day for what seems like fuel at the Mma­batho Ser­vice Sta­tion in Mahikeng. The high­est amount spent that day on fuel was R1 000 and the low­est was R457. It’s not clear if all th­ese trans­ac­tions went to fuel and how many cars were filled up that day.

Galeng also rented a ve­hi­cle at Europ­car in Klerks­dorp for R3 700 on Oc­to­ber 3. Two days later, he rented another car at the same car rental agency in Gaut­eng for R3 051.

The card was also used to make pur­chases of R19 387 be­tween June 19 and July 5. The big­gest trans­ac­tion dur­ing that pe­riod was at Pick n Pay in Mahikeng, where goods worth R4 900 were bought on July 4. He also spent R1 700 at the Spar in Vry­burg and another R1 700 at a Sho­prite su­per­mar­ket in Ganyesa – a small town out­side Vry­burg.

On Au­gust 2, R1 077 was spent at Beesland Butch­ery, R2 600 at Pricechain Hy­per­mar­ket and R275 at a Pick n Pay in Vry­burg.

Be­tween Au­gust 9 and 10, nearly R7 500 was spent at Sho­prite in Ganyesa, and at Pick n Pay and Spar in Vry­burg.

Other spend­ing in­cludes 24 vis­its to fast food out­lets and restau­rants dur­ing the same pe­riod. Eleven of the pur­chases were in Nando’s in Vry­burg, Mahikeng and Cape Town. This in­cludes a R1 100 pur­chase at Nando’s Mahikeng on July 17. In Cape Town, the card shows that R247 was spent at Nando’s Ad­der­ley Street and a fur­ther R108 spent at the nearby McDon­ald’s.

The card was also used four times at KFC out­lets in Roossenekal in Lim­popo, Vry­burg, Mahikeng and in Men­lyn in Pre­to­ria.

Mike’s Kitchen in Won­der­park, Pre­to­ria, and in Klerks­dorp were vis­ited once each, where spend­ing of R1 434 and R1 160 was recorded.

Two pur­chases at Fish­aways in Mahikeng on Oc­to­ber 2 and 8 are recorded in the state­ments, while Ocean Bas­ket in the same town was vis­ited on June 26.

Atotal of R27 374 was spent on the card be­tween Au­gust 9 and Septem­ber 8.

The busiest day was Au­gust 31, when R4 700 was spent at KFC and Nando’s, at a ser­vice sta­tion and at a Pick n Pay in Vry­burg.

On Septem­ber 6, a sin­gle trans­ac­tion of R4 600 was recorded at Boxer Su­percity, also in Vry­burg.

Another R16 000 was spent be­tween Septem­ber 11 and Oc­to­ber 6, with most of the trans­ac­tions at su­per­mar­kets in Mahikeng and in Vry­burg.

On Oc­to­ber 8, Galeng spent R3 200 at a Sho­prite su­per­mar­ket in Mahikeng.

Novem­ber 3 saw the spend­ing on gro­ceries peak when more than R6 000 was spent at dif­fer­ent su­per­mar­kets in Vry­burg.

A whis­tle-blower based in the provin­cial leg­is­la­ture said they sus­pected that the card was be­ing used to fill up dif­fer­ent cars.

“How else can he ex­plain four dif­fer­ent petrol trans­ac­tions at the same ser­vice sta­tion on the same day? Look at th­ese amounts. Surely th­ese are full tanks of petrol,” said the in­sider, who asked not to be named.

The ANC cor­po­rate card has two ac­counts linked to it – one ap­pear­ing to be a garage card and the other a credit card – and Galeng has been splash­ing out equally on both ac­counts.

It is not the first time that a provin­cial ANC chief whip has been ac­cused of abus­ing a cor­po­rate credit card. For­mer chief whip Gor­don Ke­gak­ilwe was fin­gered in a damn­ing foren­sic au­dit com­piled by SizweNt­salubaGo­bodo au­di­tors for claim­ing money from the provin­cial leg­is­la­ture on trans­ac­tions where he used a state credit card.

This time, the credit card that is be­ing abused be­longs to the ANC cau­cus, which is pri­mar­ily funded by the tax­payer through grants and by al­lowances from the leg­is­la­ture.

Those with inside knowl­edge say the card shouldn’t be in Galeng’s pos­ses­sion in the first place.

“His work as chief whip does not re­quire him to travel a lot, and all th­ese abuses are made de­spite the fact that he is hardly ever out of the of­fice do­ing work for the ANC,” said the in­sider.

So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Batha­bile Dlamini – who is the ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee de­ployee to North West – al­legedly ad­vised the North West ANC cau­cus last year to re­turn all cor­po­rate credit cards to the bank and close all ex­ist­ing ac­counts.

Dlamini, through her spokesper­son Lumka Oliphant, re­ferred all queries to the ANC provin­cial sec­re­tary’s of­fice, which had not re­turned calls at the time of go­ing to press.

Hoff­man Galeng

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