Funds raised by golf tour­na­ment ‘not be­ing mis­used’

Sunday Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - SIPHELELE BUTHELEZI

IN­DI­VID­U­ALS will pocket the pro­ceeds of a fund-rais­ing golf tour­na­ment to be hosted by the South African Na­tional Civic Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Sanco), ag­grieved mem­bers have warned.

The event will take place at the Mount Edge­combe Coun­try Club on Fri­day, where high­pro­file politi­cians and busi­ness­men will be hosted by Sanco’s na­tional trea­surer, busi­ness­man Mood­ley.

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma is ex­pected to at­tend its gala din­ner at the Dur­ban ICC on Satur­day.

Mood­ley fea­tures promi­nently in Jac­ques Pauw’s ex­plo­sive book The Pres­i­dent’s Keep­ers. The book al­leges, among other things, that Zuma was paid a R1 mil­lion salary by Mood­ley’s Royal Se­cu­rity for con­tro­ver­sial Roy months.

Some Sanco mem­bers, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity, were an­gry that de­spite the fund-raiser gen­er­at­ing mil­lions for the or­gan­i­sa­tion, there were claims that Mood­ley had used the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s name to raise funds for in­di­vid­u­als ap­par­ently close to him.

Mood­ley had pre­vi­ously served as trea­surer for Sanco in ethek­wini and KZN be­fore be­ing elected as na­tional trea­surer. Richard Mkhungo, KZN Sanco sec­re­tary, was al­legedly one of Mood­ley’s close al­lies and ben­e­fited from the tour­na­ment. He de­nied this.

“Sanco is sup­posed to be the peo­ple’s or­gan­i­sa­tion, but not any­more. It’s full of op­por­tunists who want to be rich. The tour­na­ment has done noth­ing but cause di­vi­sion be­cause all they want is money,” said the source.

Both Mood­ley and Mkhungo ap­par­ently had ac­cess to party funds in the province de­spite nei­ther be­ing pro­vin­cial trea­surer.

The source also said the tour­na­ment had been a pro­vin­cial event be­fore Mood­ley pro­posed that it be­come a na­tional fund-rais­ing event: “The funds raised do not as­sist the or­gan­i­sa­tion, but en­rich in­di­vid­u­als, hence the or­gan­i­sa­tion is di­vided, es­pe­cially in KZN.”

An­other mem­ber said: “The or­gan­i­sa­tion has for­got­ten its man­date. Sanco is meant to be a civic or­gan­i­sa­tion but not any­more. Roy hi­jacked the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s prin­ci­ples.”

Mood­ley was not avail­able for com­ment.

Sanco gen­eral-sec­re­tary, Skhum­buzo Mpanza, said the pro­ceeds were go­ing to the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Re­spond­ing to allegations lev­elled against him, Mkhungo said KZN had no money and there­fore could not mis­use funds. He said the event was or­gan­ised at na­tional level.

“I even pay for my fuel to ful­fil the man­dates of the or­gan­i­sa­tion. I don’t un­der­stand which funds they are re­fer­ring to.

“Those talk­ing are con­fused. Even when we have pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee meet­ings, we ask to be spon­sored with lunch,” said Mkhungo.

Roy Mood­ley

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