Three BIG Questions for Gwede Mantashe

These follow a Mail & Guardian report today alleging attempts by senior ANC leaders to table a proposal to extend President Jacob Zuma’s term by two years at the ANC’s national general council next year.

Additionally, a book by Mzilikazi Wa Afrika titled Noting Left To Steal, a Sunday Times journalist, which I only finished reading last night also contributed to these three questions.

  1. Maphetle Maphetle

Maseapei Madiehe-Teme – one of the 14 Councillors at Tlokwe Municipality – told Sunday Times on 7 July 2013 that the ANC NEC “came here last year [2012] and said they were going to investigate [corruption allegations against the municipal major at the time, Maphetle Maphetle] and come back to us in February [2013]” and that “documents and SMSes” sent by Maphetle were given to the ANC committee but “we haven’t heard from them since”.

QUESTION: Has Luthuli House leadership taken any action on this?

  1. Moses Phakoe/ Matthew Wolmarans

Moses Phakoe’s confidant and fellow ANC councillor, Alfred Motsi, told the Mahikeng High Court in testimony and in an affidavit during Matthew Wolmarans’murder trial that he [Motsi] and Phakoe – armed with an incriminating dossier – embarked on a fruitless mission to get the top ANC leadership to act against Wolmarans. He claimed the dossier contained evidence that Wolmarans and other councillors were allegedly involved in fraud and other corruption totalling millions of rands, and that this was first presented their evidence to the ANC regional leadership, and later the ANC North West provincial leadership but nothing was done.

Motsi further reportedly testified that he and Phakoe also met with ANC national executive committee members Billy Masetlha and Siphiwe Nyanda. He said they also delivered evidence to ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and to the office of the president, then run by current Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

In March 2013 City Press reported that testimony and evidence before court also indicated that President Jacob Zuma was informed about the corruption claims prior to Phakoe’s murder.

Sadly, Phakoe was gunned down in March 2009, two days after meeting Cooperative Governance Minister Sicelo Shiceka and handing over a dossier of allegations about office bearers and officials in the Bojanala District Municipality, which includes Rustenburg and Brits, according to Mail & Guardian report in 2011.

QUESTION: Did the ANC leadership – including Mantashe again, just as noted in the Mabuza matter that he was informed – do anything about this?

  1. David Mabuza/Mathews Phosa

Mzilikazi Wa Afrika in his book, Nothing Left to Steal, alleges that Crime Intelligence Officer in Nelspruit at the time, Colonel Rudolph Adolph, called (then?) Mpumalanga News journalist Lungile Dube to his office on the pretext that he had as a story for her and only to arrive at his office to be asked to sign an affidavit that alleged (or sought to confirm his claims) that Dube had witnessed Mathews Phosa paying Adolph a lot of money to tarnish Mabuza’s image.

According to Wa Afrika, Adolph told Dube that “If you sign this affidavit, the premier [Mabuza] will take good care of you”. Wa Afrika and his colleague, Charles Molele then lodged a complaint against Adolph with his boss, Brigadier Dan Maropeng, who was later apparently forced to retirement and from whom Adolph then took over following his arrest, and suspension for drinking and driving charges long before he could even complete his investigation into allegations against Adolph.

Following her refusal to sign the affidavit, Dube was then apparently “summoned” to a secret meeting with Mabuza during which he allegedly expressed his disappointed at her refusal to sign the said affidavit.

Wa Afrika further alleges that Dube was asked to spy on him, that she was even given a digital recorder to “record my every move, if possible, including everyone I spoke to. After Lungile [Dube] refused to deliver me on a platter, windows of a house she was renting were broken and she started getting death threats”. He said “Her [Dube’s] boss at the time, Irma Green, who is the group managing editor for the Lowveld, took Lungile to the ANC head office and provided party Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe a blow-by-blow account of Premier Mabuza’s conduct and how he had been trying to intimidate me. To this day, I do not know what Mantashe did with that information…”

QUESTION: Again, did the leadership of Luthuli House act on this report or take any action?

It would be interesting to know whether the ANC Leadership at Luthuli House, in particular those to whom these matters have been reported, has investigated these matters and what action, if any, has been taken.

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