ANCYL man’s strange re­quest to Gup­tas

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - LUYOLO MKENTANE

A FORMER pas­tor who has since re­signed from the min­istry wrote to the Gup­tas ask­ing for fund­ing of more than R200 000 to be de­posited into his per­sonal bank ac­count for an ANC Youth League ac­tiv­ity.

Nkosana Mtolo, who is a mem­ber of the Gaut­eng ANCYL provin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, wrote to Ajay Gupta on March 4, 2014 re­quest­ing that he fund the league’s char­ity drive in Davey­ton, Ekurhu­leni “as part of your so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity”.

Ac­cord­ing to the leaked Gupta emails, which The Star has seen, Mtolo in­structed Gupta to de­posit the money into his per­sonal Ned­bank ac­count.

At the time, Mtolo was serv­ing as the league’s branch sec­re­tary of ward 69.

Yes­ter­day, he told The Star that the Gup­tas did not re­spond to his email re­quest, nor had the other cor­po­rate cit­i­zens he had writ­ten to.

He said the money had to be de­posited into his bank ac­count due to a res­o­lu­tion of the league.

“Our branch had no bank ac­count at the time, so it was re­solved that any money should be de­posited into the bank ac­count of the branch chair­per­son, sec­re­tary or trea­surer,” he said.

He ve­he­mently de­nied that he was a Gupta agent.

“We are rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies, we are not pup­pets of any­body. We need to ad­dress the struc­tural prob­lems in our so­ci­ety.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we are drawn into dis­cussing one family.

“We are not speak­ing out against the con­struc­tion car­tel or the bank col­lu­sion.”

He warned against the ju­di­cial com­mis­sion of in­quiry into state cap­ture, say­ing it must not paint Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma as a com­pro­mised leader.

“That’s not cor­rect. We wel­come the in­quiry, the pres­i­dent must move with speed in es­tab­lish­ing it.”

Last week, the ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee re­solved that a ju­di­cial com­mis­sion of in­quiry be es­tab­lished to look into the phe­nom­e­non.

Mtolo said he re­signed as a pas­tor in 2013 for per­sonal rea­sons, and stressed that the rea­sons had noth­ing to do with pol­i­tics. His story is the lat­est to sug­gest the emails are cred­i­ble, de­spite the Gup­tas dis­miss­ing them as “fake news”.

It mir­rors that of Po­lice Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula’s former spokesper­son Anda Bici, who also ap­proached the Gup­tas ask­ing for fund­ing, ac­cord­ing to the leaked emails.

Bici wrote to Atul Gupta in June 2014 and asked for fund­ing for an ANCYL project to­talling R6.3 mil­lion.

The spin doc­tor, known as a fixer in ANC cir­cles, re­port­edly con­firmed the email, say­ing, how­ever, that the project never took off.

“It is a gen­eral phe­nom­e­non to ask for spon­sor­ship of busi­ness­men and women,” Bici said.

Our branch had no bank ac­count at the time

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