Mabe gave money ‘‘ stolen ’’ from the poor to Shivambu
SENIOR ANC leader Pule Mabe shared the loot he allegedly stole from the poor with Floyd Shivambu.
Sunday World has established that of the R2-million allegedly fleeced from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), R30 000 was given to Shivambu, the former ANC Youth League spokesman who is now an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader.
Sunday World has reliably learnt that prosecutors will argue in court that former ANC Youth League treasurer Mabe, his business associate Surprise Ramosa, and Sassa communications head Paseka Letsatsi are guilty of fraud for claiming money from Sassa for services not rendered.
The three were arrested on Friday and released on R10 000 bail each after appearing in the Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria.
On the day news of Mabe’s arrest broke, Shivambu is said to have told the EFF professionals’ forum: “The persecution of Julius [Malema] is abuse of state resources, but the arrest of Pule Mabe today was the enforcement of the rule of law.”
But when told by Sunday World that he was allegedly one of the beneficiaries of the stolen millions, he said: “There was never a time Mabe gave me money for personal or private purposes.
“As treasurer of the youth league he constantly raised funds which helped with organisational process, and the only time there could have been money, it was, to my knowledge, money from the league and meant for organisational process.
“If the money were ill-gotten or acquired illegally, then the law must take its course and those who stole it be held accountable.
“If Pule acquired money illegally to fund youth league activities, then such is wrong and upsetting.”
He later said: “It’s not true that the police case says that I am a recipient of Pule’s donations. I think you’re getting that misleading information from Pule, who’s a drowning man clinging on straws. He must go down alone if he really stole Sassa money. ”
Mabe and Ramosa have also been
'It's not true that the police case says I am a recipient of donations'
charged with money laundering because they allegedly tried to disguise the source of the funds.
The trio are alleged to have siphoned the money from the Sassa fund intended to benefit community projects in 2008.
Sunday World has learnt that the application for a Sassa grant was made in the name of Consolidated Future Growth and Investments Foundation.
It is alleged that three invoices for services rendered to the Progressive Young Women’s Cooperative between June and August 2008, totalling R2 257 200, were attached to the foundation ’ s application for the grant.
The Progressive Young Women’s Cooperative is a trust supposedly established by young women to facilitate community development outreach programmes.
The invoices are said to have been for the following amounts:
R627 000, paid to Consolidated Communication Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd;
R775 000, paid to Bollanto Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd; and
R855 000, paid to Broad Market Logistics (Surprise SK), owned by Ramosa.
It is understood that the state will try to prove that, of the payments made, R1 702 500 was paid into accounts directly controlled by Mabe.
The state asserts that Letsatsi, as a Sassa employee, was instrumental in ensuring that payments were made to service providers.
Sunday World has been told that Mabe is alleged to have controlled the distribution of the fraudulent funds out of the accounts that received monies from Sassa funds.
It is alleged that Mabe distributed the money paid into one of his business accounts to, among others:
Pule Mabe, personal account: R681 091.08;
Hambanathi (a company linked to Ramosa) R292 068; and
Shivambu: R30 000.
It is believed the state will argue that none of these payments could be reconciled with services described in the corresponding invoice.
The payments authorised by Sassa are said to have been highly irregular – or illegal – because they grossly flouted the agency’s guidelines for disbursements from the RDP fund.
Mabe ’ s phone was turned off and Sunday World could not locate his lawyer, Victor Nkhwashu.
Letsatsi ’ s lawyer, Zola Majavu, said: “My client is accused of writing a memo soliciting funds from his employer, hence fraud.” He said the total amount alleged to have been received was R2.2-million “but not all of it has to do with my client”.
“I advised [Letsatsi] to take special leave from Sassa to protect its reputation and he did that.” ANC spokesman Keith Khoza said: “The ANC does not wish to comment at this stage save to say that these are allegations that must be tested by a court of law. Once all legal issues have been concluded, the ANC will make a comprehensive announcement. Pule appeared in court and his matter was postponed to next year.”
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