Today Mail & Guardian online reported that controversial businessman Charles Modise, who claimed to have made a R500 000 cash donation to South African Communist Party (SACP) general secretary Blade Nzimande, was arrested on Wednesday evening by the Scorpions in Johannesburg after being “lured” to a meeting by the head of detectives in Gauteng, Commissioner Norman Taioe.
Modise was charged with fraud, forgery and uttering and all the cases investigated against him related to his business dealings in the Northern Cape.
Modise is said to have close ties to African National Congress (ANC) provincial chairperson John Block, the former Northern Cape minister of transport who was fingered in various tenders worth more than R20-million awarded to Modise’s company, Sedipeng Construction.
Now one could ask: Was Modise’s “donation” to the SACP fraudulent and if the SACP did receive such donation, is it(SACP) likely to be charged of having received fraudulent donation?
Well, only time will tell. It is however, likely that this question will be put to the SACP Executives and Heads at a later stage.