Democratic Alliance (DA) has laid criminal charges against the ANC for allegedly accepting proceeds of crime and corruption to fund their daily operations including campaigns, says the Party’s National Spokesperson Solly Malatsi.
Malatsi said it is now up to the South African Police Service to investigate the ANC’s alleged involvement in possible money laundering and accepting the proceeds of crime.
He claims the recent allegations emerged that the ruling party accepted an R250 000 donation from the embattled VBS Mutual Bank.
“The report alleges they made that payment through a shelf company, Robvet’s, bank account senior VBS executives used which to channel fraudulent payments. Reports emerged that police arrested a Luthuli House employee, Errol Velile Present, following his involvement in at least three cash-in-transit (CIT) heists. Present did not plan these heists during his off time given the resources that go into CIT heists. Luthuli House is, therefore, an active crime scene and the headquarters of a criminal syndicate,” said Malatsi.
Malatsi said Present was at the centre of the corruption scandal where he and his business partner allegedly benefited the purchase of an R 97 million farm, “Bekendvlei” in Limpopo due to his proximity of then Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti.
Malatsi said at the time of this scandal being uncovered, the DA reported the matter to the Public Protector for investigation.
“These allegations are an indictment on the ANC and show how deep corruption truly runs within the ruling party,” said Malatsi.
It is for this reason, Malatsi said the DA has laid charges against the ANC in terms of Section 4 of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act which refers to the offence of money laundering and Section 6 which makes it an offence to knowingly gain, use or possess property that forms part of the proceeds of criminal activities.
Malatsi said DA has written to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chairperson, Glen Mashinini, to request an urgent investigation into whether the ANC is using the proceeds from criminal activities to fund their day-to-day and campaign operations, adding they have also written to the Hawks to probe all telephone and mail records at Luthuli House.