ANC has been put in a choke-hold by its opponents.
First, DA’s Tshwane Mayor, Solly Msimanga vowed to send all past ANC Councillors linked to corrupt practices to jail.
With that, he slammed three high-ranking ANC officials who served in the past administration with charges related to the siphoning of more than R190 million.
According to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Ramokgopa used city-owned billboards to promote the ANC for the local government elections.
Now, the DA has laid criminal charges against the ANC over the alleged Prasa bribe.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the DA Shadow Minister of Transport, Manny de Freitas MP, laid the charges in Cape Town today.
De Freitas confirmed this saying the affidavit he filed “concerns possible criminal offences committed by various persons in terms of the ‘Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, Act 12 of 2004’.”
De Freitas buttressed that the affidavit is specifically about:
- The allegation that one Auswell Mashaba, at the time a director of Swifambo, paid a portion of the money that Swifambo received in terms of its contract with PRASA to another company, AM Consulting Engineers where Mashaba was also a director;
- And, AM Consulting transferring the funds to a company known as Similex (Pty) where President Zuma’s alleged crony, Maria Gomes a director of Similex, would then distribute the money to accounts of the African National Congress.
With the highlights above, De Freitas argued that the use of state procurement in order to benefit a political party is illegal.
Thus, it must be subjected to investigation as stipulated by the Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act of 2004, charged the DA MP.
“It simply cannot be that state machinery is used to progress a political agenda.
Even worse is Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters’ instruction to discontinue an independent investigation into tender irregularities at Prasa.
…In the context of these latest developments, this conduct is even more telling,” remarked the Shadow Minister.
The ruling party issued a statement when the Prasa bribe allegations emerged saying it never received any funds from the companies concerned.