ANC man in court for theft and fraud

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SE­NIOR ANC of­fi­cial Pule Mabe and his two co-ac­cused ap­peared in the Spe­cialised Com­mer­cial Crimes Court in Pre­to­ria yes­ter­day on charges rang­ing from theft and money laun­der­ing to fraud.

They were ar­rested and held at Sun­ny­side po­lice sta­tion for al­legedly de­fraud­ing the South Africa So­cial Se­cu­rity Agency (Sassa) of about R2.25 mil­lion from the So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity Fund. The fund as­sists ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at poverty al­le­vi­a­tion and im­prov­ing lives.

The for­mer ANC Youth League trea­surer-gen­eral and cur­rent mem­ber of the ANC’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee ap­peared along­side head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Sassa, Paseka Let­satsi and busi­ness­man Sur­prise Kabedi Ramosa, whose com­pany lists “in­vest­ments in all spheres of the sec­tor” as its na­ture of busi­ness.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions have re­vealed they al­legedly swin­dled Sassa of money to­talling just over R2.25m. The money was paid to com­pa­nies they had in­ter­ests in or owned, al­legedly with­out fol­low­ing pro­ce­dures and us­ing fraud­u­lent means.

Most of the money was then al­legedly trans­ferred into two bank ac­counts be­long­ing to Mabe, 33.

He then paid sev­eral peo­ple, in­clud­ing fam­ily mem­bers, and trans­ferred about R681 000 to his own per­sonal ac­count and other amounts to ac­counts be­long­ing to his co-ac­cused or their com­pa­nies.

This in­cluded R30 000 to his old friend, ex­pelled for­mer ANCYL spokesman Floyd Shivambu, who has joined the EFF.

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