CR’s ANC ‘HIT LIST’

At least 11 NEC mem­bers, in­clud­ing cur­rent and for­mer min­is­ters, are tar­gets of po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions, ac­cord­ing to sources

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DEPUTY Pres­i­dent David Mabuza, ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ace Ma­gashule and Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion Min­is­ter Lindiwe Sisulu are among 11 se­nior ANC lead­ers, who ei­ther did not sup­port Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa at Nas­rec or are seen as a threat to him, who are said to be the tar­gets of po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions by state or­gans in the next few months.

Four ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) mem­bers told the Sun­day In­de­pen­dent that the trio was on a list of peo­ple per­ceived to be for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma loy­al­ists or those with am­bi­tions of chal­leng­ing Ramaphosa ahead of the gov­ern­ing party’s na­tional gen­eral coun­cil in June this year.

Other tar­gets in­cluded deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral Jessie Duarte, chair­per­son and Min­eral Re­sources Min­is­ter Gwede Man­tashe, for­mer North West premier Supra Mahumapelo and for­mer min­is­ters Mosebenzi Zwane, Bon­gani Bongo, Nomvula Mokonyane, Batha­bile Dlamini and Faith Mu­tambi.

Sources said the plan in­volved us­ing or­gans such as the SA Rev­enue

Ser­vice (Sars), the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity (NPA) and the Hawks to repack­age old allegation­s to charge them crim­i­nally, launch fresh in­ves­ti­ga­tions or sub­ject them to cal­cu­lated leaks in the me­dia.

The emer­gence of the list comes as Zuma sup­port­ers, un­der the ban­ner of Gaut­eng Rad­i­cal Eco­nomic Trans­for­ma­tion Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma Sup­port Group, launched a fight­back cam­paign against his “per­se­cu­tion” in Jo­han­nes­burg this week. Spokesper­son Carl Niehaus lam­basted the NPA for al­legedly be­ing used to fight po­lit­i­cal bat­tles.

It also comes two months af­ter Sun­day In­de­pen­dent re­ported that Ramaphosa is al­legedly plan­ning to use state in­sti­tu­tions to in­ves­ti­gate and keep po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents busy with crim­i­nal cases as part of his plot to kill the ANC and re­place it with a cen­tre-right coali­tion of op­po­si­tion par­ties led by him­self af­ter the 2024 gen­eral elec­tions.

Mabuza would be linked to po­lit­i­cal killings in Mpumalanga, Ma­gashule with cor­rup­tion in the Free State, Duarte with tax re­lated crimes, Mokonyane with the Bosasa and Wa­ter Af­fairs cor­rup­tion, and the rest with var­i­ous allegation­s of cor­rup­tion and al­leged state cap­ture, said the sources.

“One of the peo­ple they are go­ing to use is his (Mabuza’s) for­mer but­ler, Jan Venter, who is cur­rently work­ing with the Hawks on a case against DD,” said a source speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity.

“Sisulu is seen to be too am­bi­tious and they are now ac­cus­ing her of bol­ster­ing her depart­ment with peo­ple who are run­ning her cam­paign to chal­lenge Ramaphosa for the pres­i­dency of the ANC. That is why there was an out­cry fol­low­ing the ap­point­ment of Batha­bile Dlamini,” said the source.

Mokonyane con­firmed the ex­is­tence of the list, say­ing she has seen it on so­cial me­dia. The for­mer wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion min­is­ter, who main­tained that she was be­ing pun­ished for sup­port­ing Zuma, said some of the allegation­s lev­elled against her in­cluded that she owned a R14 mil­lion house ob­tained through fraud­u­lent means.

“I have never un­der­mined any leader of the ANC, in­clud­ing the cur­rent pres­i­dent. My big­gest crime is that I have pub­licly sym­pa­thised with what Com­rade Zuma is go­ing through. Many of our lead­ers are let down by those who claim to be more loyal to them than oth­ers, all this for sub­jec­tive in­ter­est,” Mokonyane said yes­ter­day.

She added that the in­ter­net net­work at her house was re­cently hacked.

“Two weeks ago the net­work at my house was hacked and af­ter it was fixed there were 17 at­tempts on the fire­wall, and that was of­fi­cially con­firmed by Telkom,” she said.

Duarte, who has al­legedly been hit with a hefty Sars bill in a bid to neu­tralise her, said yes­ter­day, “I don’t know what you’re talk­ing about. Please leave me out of your con­spir­acy the­o­ries.”

Sisulu could not be reached for com­ment, but her ad­viser Mphumzi Mdekazi

said false claims that the min­is­ter had am­bi­tions to chal­lenge Ramaphosa were ped­dled by peo­ple who were “in­her­ently inse­cure”.

“She didn’t join the ANC for po­si­tions. If she wanted po­si­tions, she would have ac­cepted nom­i­na­tions to be in the Top Six way back in Polok­wane, but she de­clined. So, where is this am­bi­tion com­ing from? She’s never gone out to cam­paign and lobby peo­ple. She doesn’t sub­scribe to the no­tion of money and buy­ing peo­ple for a po­si­tion,” said Mdekazi.

“She is go­ing to be in York Univer­sity, and she’s also con­sid­er­ing ac­cept­ing a job from the Bill Gates Foun­da­tion.

“Peo­ple who con­tinue to drive this no­tion are in­her­ently inse­cure and don’t know who the real Lindiwe Sis­uslu is.”

Man­tashe, who is al­legedly be­ing tar­geted for re­fus­ing to sign the IPP’s, said he does not re­spond to “ru­mours”.

“I don’t like sto­ries by ru­mours where a per­son plants a run-out and we talk to it and it goes on and on. “I don’t do that,” he said. Mahumapelo de­clined to com­ment on the list and allegation­s he was part of the Zuma fight­back group, say­ing he was not al­lowed to speak to the me­dia about ANC mat­ters. How­ever, he said he was in con­sul­ta­tion with lawyers to de­ter­mine how best to pro­ceed with the peo­ple who keep spread­ing lies about him.

“The ru­mours are be­ing spread by my op­po­nents in a bid to dis­credit me. It’s very un­for­tu­nate that some of the na­tional lead­ers be­lieve these lies.”

In re­cent months, Mahumapelo has been linked to al­leged fraud dur­ing his ten­ure as North West premier as well as the death of busi­ness­man Wandile Bozwane, who was killed in a hail of bul­lets in Pre­to­ria.

Ac­cord­ing to the sources, Dlamini would be charged with al­leged cor­rup­tion re­lated to the multi­bil­lion South African So­cial Security Agency (Sassa) con­tract dur­ing her ten­ure as so­cial de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter.

Muthambi, who is the for­mer communicat­ions min­is­ter, would be charged with al­leged nepo­tism and other crimes linked to her man­age­ment of the SABC and the em­ploy­ment of her rel­a­tives in the depart­ment. She has pre­vi­ously been ac­cused of pro­tect­ing for­mer SABC chief op­er­at­ing officer Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng who presided over fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

“The process is gain­ing se­ri­ous mo­men­tum,” said another ANC NEC mem­ber.

“They want to link Mokonyane to the Bosasa deals as well at the depart­ment of wa­ter af­fairs scan­dals. The plan is to iso­late her and in the process dis­credit her which will ul­ti­mately lead to her be­ing re­moved from all ANC struc­tures. They also want to see her in jail.They want to bleed her dry with lawyers fees and court ap­pear­ances.”

This week, a fake news email was cir­cu­lated that the NPA would be charg­ing Ma­gashule in re­la­tion to the dis­ap­pear­ance of the Pierneef paint­ing from his of­fice while he was premier of the Free State.

It is claimed that Ma­gashule had given his for­mer driver, Ri­cardo Met­tler, the R8 mil­lion paint­ing. Met­tler is ex­pected to ap­pear in court next month in con­nec­tion with the mat­ter.

Zwane is a sub­ject of mul­ti­ple on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­lat­ing to cor­rup­tion.

Bongo was re­cently ar­rested and re­leased on R5 000 bail in re­la­tion to a 2017 com­plaint by the for­mer par­lia­men­tary head of le­gal ser­vices, ad­vo­cate Ntuthuzelo Va­nara, who had ac­cused the for­mer state security min­is­ter of brib­ing him in or­der to turn a blind eye to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mis­man­age­ment of Eskom.

Bongo said he could not com­ment as the mat­ter was be­ing heard in court.

“My mat­ter is still be­fore the courts and is sub ju­dice,” he said.

Zwane, Mabuza, Ma­gashula, Muthambi and Dlamini could not be reached for com­ment.

ANC spokesper­son Pule Mabe had not re­sponded to ques­tions by the time of go­ing to print.

TOP (from left) David Mabuza, Ace Ma­gashule, Lindiwe Sisulu, Jesse Duarte, Gwede Man­tashe, Supra Mahumapelo, (bot­tom) Mosebenzi Zwane, Bon­gani Bongo, Nomvula Mokonyane, Batha­bile Dlamini and Faith Mu­tambi will be un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by state or­gans in the com­ing months.

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