Zizi Kodwa, ex-Zuma aide received ‘suspicious’ payments, state capture inquiry hears

Zizi Kodwa. Image credit: Twitter/MyANC

State Security Deputy Minister Zizi Kodwa allegedly received “suspicious” payments amounting to R375,000 from businessman Jehan Mackay, the state capture inquiry has heard.

Steven Powell, from ENS Forensics, made the revelation during his testimony on Wednesday.

Corruption probe

ENS was commissioned by IT firm EOH, which is at the centre a corruption probe at the inquiry, to investigate its public sector IT contracts.

Powell testified that the funds Kodwa received came from Mackay’s personal bank account after originating from EOH subsidiary Tactical Software Solutions (TSS). Mackay and his father reportedly founded TSS.

Kodwa allegedly received the payments between 2015 and 2016 when he was ANC spokesperson. The first payment of R80,000 was in May 2015 followed by R45,000 in July 2015.

R50,000 was allegedly paid in October 2015, followed by two payments of R50,000 each and one of R30,000 in November 2015.

Powell testified that Kodwa received R40,000 in December 2015 and finally R30,000 in February 2016.

Zuma’s ex-aide

Other ANC functionaries also allegedly received payments from Mackay, including Siyabulela Sintwa, who served as former President Jacob Zuma’s assistant at ANC headquarters Luthuli House.

According to Powell, Sintwa received a total of R291,600 between September 2015 and January 2017.

Former ANC Youth League Treasurer-General Reggie Nkabinde also received a once-off payment of R500,000 from Mackay in June 2017, Powell testified.

He said Mackay made these payments soon after receiving funds from TSS. “They were deposits into Mr Mackay’s account coming from an entity [called] TSS. TSS was a company acquired by EOH in 2011,” he said.

This isn’t the first time Kodwa’s name has popped up at the inquiry. In September, Blackhead Consulting owner Edwin Sodi testified that Kodwa was among ANC leaders he had given money to.

“Zizi is a friend I have made payments to him while he still worked at the ANC. It was payments I made as a friend where he requested assistance. He would say there are delays in payments and he would ask for assistance,” he explained.

Sodi is among suspects facing fraud and corruption charges related to a R255 million asbestos audit project in the Free State.

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