R10m? What R10m?

SA high com­mis­sioner to Aus­tralia claims he is at the cen­tre of a plot falsely claim­ing he took a bribe in 2010

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the state had an “alarm­ingly fee­ble case against me” and had made “false as­sump­tions” against him in de­ter­min­ing that he had acted in a cor­rupt man­ner. The for­mer KwaZulu-Natal pre­mier, who will re­turn to Aus­tralia to con­tinue work af­ter the Christ­mas break, told City Press he was “not afraid” of be­ing con­victed as he be­lieved the case was “part of a plot”.

“This is part of a plot to de­stroy me and ruin my rep­u­ta­tion. There’s no case here ... no case against me here. I be­lieve I will be ac­quit­ted when the mat­ter gets un­der way,” he said on Fri­day.

Nde­bele de­clined to com­ment about who he be­lieved was be­hind the plot against him but said he would con­tinue in his post and re­turn to South Africa for the trial.

Nde­bele, who is also the chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Zu­l­u­land, ques­tioned the tim­ing of the charges, say­ing there had been sev­eral Au­di­tor-Gen­eral re­ports in the years since he had left the trans­port min­istry. “Why now?” he asked. Nde­bele said he had been con­tacted in Aus­tralia by the SA Po­lice Ser­vice and had been aware that he would be ap­pear­ing in court in South Africa when he left Can­berra. “I am go­ing to clear my name even­tu­ally.” Nde­bele (67) came un­der fire this week af­ter mak­ing use of a blue-light con­voy on Tues­day night to rush from his home in Dur­ban north to KwaMashu to visit his gravely ill niece Si­bongile (39), who later died.

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