EFF ac­cuses ANC of­fi­cial of tak­ing bribes

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as kick­backs.

“We know that our lives and those of our fam­i­lies will be threat­ened by ex­pos­ing this cor­rup­tion and rot. How­ever, we can­not sit back and al­low state re­sources to be looted. They are col­lud­ing with the state. We will fin­ish what we have started. Peo­ple in the street must know the rea­sons if we hap­pen to be killed.”

EFF pro­vin­cial leader Aubrey Baart­man also claimed that the al­leged kick­backs were linked to the charges that were laid by Premier Sylvia Lu­cas, re­lat­ing to R26 mil­lion that was al­legedly di­verted from the De­part­ment of Fi­nance, Eco­nomic Af­fairs and Tourism to fund the ANC pro­vin­cial elec­tive con­fer­ence.

“The bribes started be­ing col­lected around the time of the ANC pro­vin­cial elec­tive con­fer­ence. The money is with­drawn from the bank ac­count on the same day that it is de­posited. The sus­pect is a prom­i­nent fig­ure and is not sup­posed to do busi­ness with gov­ern­ment. He is in charge of fa­cil­i­tat­ing ten­ders, hir­ing and fir­ing,” said Baart­man.

He added that the mat­ter would be re­ported to the na­tional of­fice of the Hawks on Mon­day, as they had no faith in the lo­cal law en­force­ment agen­cies.

“Does it take so long for a high-pro­file case to be in­ves­ti­gated? The author­i­ties do not seem to take us se­ri­ously.”

Na­tional Hawks spokesper­son Bri­gadier Hang­wani Mu­laudzi ex­plained that no fur­ther progress could be made on the case that was re­ported to them for in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Premier un­til the com­plainant had pro­vided them with out­stand­ing doc­u­ments per­tain­ing to the al­le­ga­tions.

ANC pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Deshi Ngxanga said that the ANC was not aware of any al­le­ga­tions made against the re­gional sec­re­tary.

“We en­cour­age the EFF to re­port any in­for­ma­tion that they deem as ir­reg­u­lar to the Hawks.”

Spokesper­son for the Of­fice of the Premier, Bron­wyn Thomas-Abra­hams, re­ferred all me­dia en­quiries to the Hawks.

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