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ANC dismisses state capture claims against Magashule as 'vilification campaign'

The African National Congress (ANC) has dismissed the latest state capture allegations against its Secretary-General Ace Magashule as a “vilification campaign” against him.

On Monday, British non-governmental organisation (NGO) Shadow World Investigations released a report claiming it had uncovered “new evidence” of corruption and state capture in the Free State during Magashule’s tenure there as Premier.

It alleged that Magashule’s office bought computers at inflated prices – R3.8 million instead of R1.7 million – from a Gupta-linked front company called Sunbay Limited.

‘Attempt to tarnish Ace’s image’

The NGO further claimed the Free State government paid inflated prices for mobile medical clinics provided by Gupta-linked company Mediosa.

However, the ANC dismissed these claims in a statement on Tuesday, terming them as another attempt to tarnish Magashule’s image through the media.

The party said, “This so-called NGO is rehashing old allegations which have never been substantiated.

“The ANC does not see these allegations in isolation, but as part of a well-orchestrated and co-ordinated vilification campaign against out Secretary-General and to further fuel divisions.”

‘Whose agenda are they serving?’

The ANC rejected the allegations “with contempt” and asked Magashule “not to dignify these insults with a response.”

“It is not clear why this NGO would devote so much resources and energy towards pushing narrow political agendas by seeking to tarnish the image of some leaders. The question arises: Whose agenda are they serving?” the party asked.

It said “malicious campaigns” undermine freedom of expression and are “concocted by forces that are hostile to the national democratic revolution and that are hell-bent on sowing divisions within the ranks of the movement.”

The ANC said it stands “solidly” behind Magashule, adding, “Our unity and renewal project demands that we all stay vigilant against wedge-drivers.”

Shadow World Investigations is associated with former ANC MP Andrew Feinstein. It was formerly known as Corruption Watch UK.

It said it is prepared to present its report at the commission of inquiry into state capture chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

The inquiry is investigating allegations that the Gupta brothers – Ajay, Rajesh and Atul – masterminded “state capture” during the term of former President Jacob Zuma.

Masina on Bongo’s arrest: ‘You can arrest us all, but our ideas are superior’

Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina has suggested that the arrest of former State Security Minister Bongani Bongo is politically motivated.

Bongo, who is currently an African National Congress (ANC) MP and chair of Parliament’s portfolio committee on home affairs, appeared in court on Thursday morning on corruption charges.

He is alleged to have offered a bribe to Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara to derail a parliamentary inquiry into state capture at state-owned enterprises in 2017.

‘You can arrest us all’

Writing on Twitter, Masina said, “You can arrest us all, but our ideas are superior and represent aspirations of [the] poor majority.

“Until we commit to a united organisation, we will continue embarrassing each other whilst poverty, inequality and unemployment finishes our people [sic].”

Both Masina and Bongo are believed to be strong supporters of the “radical economic transformation” (RET) grouping in the ANC.

Some leaders in this grouping, including ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule, believe that state institutions are being used to “fight political battles” in the ANC.

‘Rogue elements in SAPS’

Speaking to IOL earlier this month, Magashule claimed that “some individuals who are using state resources” are working with elements in the media to target him.

He said, “I am also aware that there are rogue elements within the South African Police Services who are used not only to tarnish the entire police force but also to sow divisions within the ANC.”

Magashule made a similar claim in April when he said his cellphone, and that of Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte, was bugged.

“I don’t know who is using this, we are just warning people – don’t use state organs to fight political battles,” he said.

Bongo, who was released on a R5,000 bail, has not publicly reacted to his arrest. The National Prosecuting Authority has indicated that he will make representations against the trial going ahead.

The trial date has been set for 31 January. His bail conditions include not interfering with state witnesses and informing SAPS two weeks in advance in case he wishes to travel outside the country.

‘Sing for your meal:’ Andile Lungisa slams Charles Nqakula for jibe at Ace

African National Congress (ANC) Nelson Mandela Bay councillor Andile Lungisa has slammed ANC veteran Charles Nqakula for his apparent jibe at Secretary-General Ace Magashule.

Writing on Twitter on Thursday, Lungisa suggested that Nqakula was “singing for his dinner.”

DispatchLIVE reported that on Tuesday, Nqakula said not just anyone could become Secretary-General of the ANC.

‘Tortoise or tokoloshe can’t be ANC SG’

He reportedly said, “You can’t take just anyone to be the Secretary-General of the ANC because a Secretary-General is the custodian of the political programme of the ANC.

“You can’t just take a tortoise or a tokoloshe to be the Secretary-General. You can’t lie and say a tokoloshe is a giant.”

The ANC veteran reportedly expressed puzzlement that he “sometimes understood some political issues more than an ANC Secretary-General.”

Nqakula was delivering the Malcomess Mgabela Memorial Lecture in East London when he made the remarks. He didn’t mention Ace Magashule by name.

#HandsOffAce

In his tweet, Lungisa appeared to take offence at Nqakula’s comments, dismissing him as a “charlatan.”

He wrote, “This charlatan always ingratiates with whoever is in power to better sing for his dinner. He’s been ‘loyal’ to Mandela, Mbeki, Zuma and now Cyril. Sing for your meal without dividing the ANC. #HandsOffAce.”

Lungisa often expresses his strong support for Magashule and former President Jacob Zuma.

He went against the prevailing political preference in the Eastern Cape to support Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s bid for ANC presidency in 2017.

Magashule has not yet publicly reacted to Nqakula’s comments. In June 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed Nqakula as his security advisor.

Nqakula is also a former minister, ambassador, and General Secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP).

Cosas faction: Magashule dividing youth to fuel ambition for ANC presidency

A faction of the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) has accused African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Ace Magashule of dividing young people.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the group claims Magashule is fuelling divisions within Cosas to serve his ambition to become ANC President at the party’s next conference.

“Cde Ace Magashule must stop dividing young people of this country through structures, simply because he wants to settle his interests of becoming President of ANC in the next National Conference,” the group said.

‘Magashule taking sides’

Cosas, which is aligned to the ANC, held two rival national conferences in September and therefore has two parallel leaderships.

One is led by ANC MP Itumeleng Ntsube as president. He is reportedly Magashule’s ally. The other grouping has Thabang Mokoena as its president.

Tuesday’s statement was issued by Mokoena and Cosas Secretary General Mzwakhe Gwegwe.

They said they had written to both Magashule and ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa in a bid to resolve the leadership crisis.

However, they claimed Magashule has sided with Ntsube’s faction, to the point of instructing security personnel at ANC headquarters in Johannesburg to bar them from accessing it.

Appeal to ANC

Mokoena and Gwegwe appealed to the ANC to “check” Magashule’s “recent unbecoming and foreign behaviour.”

They said, “We are now requesting ANC to thoroughly check the conduct of Cde Ace Magashule and reprimand him from using his ANC’s position wrongly by entertaining political battles of PYA Structures.”

They hoped that ANC and its alliance partners would intervene to restore Cosas to its “known state.”

“Cde Ace Magashule is not above the ANC and therefore must be called into order.

“He is way out of order to take sides on battles of young people because of his personal interests and we are not going to be shy to tell him,” they concluded.

Neither the ANC nor Magashule has reacted to the statement.

Magashule: I was among those who approached Ramaphosa to become ANC DP

African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Ace Magashule has said he was among those who approached Cyril Ramaphosa to become ANC Deputy President in 2012.

Magashule was addressing ANC-aligned students at Wits University on Wednesday ahead of student representative council elections.

He was reiterating his “principle” of defending all elected ANC leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma, and now Ramaphosa.

In 2012 in Mangaung, it was us who identified comrade Cyril to become the Deputy President of the ANC.

It was us, with Zweli Mkhize and Supra Mahumapelo – when others were saying Cyril is part of capital and the bourgeoisie – it was us who defended him.

Ace Magashule

Magashule emphasised that he “respects” President Ramaphosa because that’s how he has been “nurtured in the politics of the ANC.”

No Fightback

Magashule also dismissed perceptions that defending or supporting former President Jacob Zuma is “fighting back.”

Even now when I say President Zuma has been dealt with, there’s no fightback. I can’t fight back. Fight back against what?

Ace Magashule

He said Zuma is being “dealt with” in order to weaken the ANC and “the revolution.”

Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s book about him, Gangster State, is also part of efforts to divide ANC, he claimed.

The ANC Secretary-General said he’ll continue fighting for the implementation of ANC conference resolutions.

In this regard, he said there are no differences between him and Ramaphosa.

We as the Top 6, myself and President Ramaphosa, we have not differed. And it is president and all of us who are saying we must implement the resolutions of Nasrec.

Ace Magashule

‘White monopoly capital’

Magashule also repeated his long-held view that South Africa’s economy is controlled by “a few,” which is “white monopoly capital.”

He said monopoly capital in South Africa has to be labelled “white” so that people fight it with more vigour.

“If you say monopoly capital you are not going to dismantle it,” he explained.

Magashule also called for the unity of African countries and the BRICS formation (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to defeat “western imperialism.”

Mogoeng asks SAPS to identify those behind corruption claims against judges

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has come out strongly against corruption and “capture” allegations against the judiciary.

He was briefing the media on Friday about these claims, which have been made by certain anonymous social media accounts.

He said his office will approach National Commissioner of Police to uncover identities of those making these “gratuitous” allegations.

Only a sworn enemy of our constitutional democracy would make allegations so grave against the judiciary without the evidence to back them up.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

CR17, Bidvest and Ace Magashule

Mogoeng cited some of the allegations that have surfaced on social media and in one instance, at the state capture commission of inquiry.

He said some have alleged that judges have received money from the CR17 campaign.

CR17 campaign propelled President Cyril Ramaphosa to the presidency of the African National Congress (ANC) in 2017.

Mogoeng also cited allegations that private company Bidvest doles out money to certain judges.

He also referred to Mxolisi Dukwana’s allegation that ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule’s patronage network extended to Free State’s judiciary.

Dukwana, who was a Free State MEC when Magashule was Premier, made the claim at the state capture inquiry in August.

Many were not surprised to hear that [Magashule] is taking his defamation case against the [African Transformation Movement] to the Bloemfontein High Court. Magashule knows he won’t lose a case in Bloemfontein.

Mxolisi Dukwana

Show your identities

Mogoeng said he had asked judicial officers across the country about the claims and they told him they are false.

In the absence of evidence, he believed the officers, he said.

The Chief Justice challenged those making the allegations to come forward with concrete evidence and be prepared to testify in a court of law.

Anybody with evidence to support these confidence-damaging allegations that any judge is corrupt or has been captured must stop hiding behind fictional identities or names in media platforms.

Mogoeng Mogoeng

Mogoeng was accompanied by Judge President Dunstan Mlambo of the Pretoria High Court and Judge President C Musi from the Office of the Chief Justice in Midrand.

Ace Magashule: Malema was a very good young leader of the ANC

African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Ace Magashule says Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema was a good young leader of the ANC.

Magashule was addressing students at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) on Wednesday afternoon.

Malema was a very good young leader of the ANC. A good leader of the ANC Youth League.

We pushed him, we nurtured him, we grilled him, and the politics he understands are the politics of the ANC. It’s just that, out of anger, people established other organisations.

Ace Magashule

He was explaining how most opposition parties, including Malema’s EFF, emerged from the ANC.

He also mentioned Bantu Holomisa’s United Democratic Movement (UDM) and Mosiuoa Lekota’s Congress of the People (COPE) as ANC offshoots.

ANC nostalgia for Malema

Magashule’s comments about Malema come on the back of similar pro-Malema comments made by ANC leaders in the recent past.

At a campaign rally in the North West in April this year, Magashule also said he “loves Julius” and wants him to “return home” to the ANC.

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza were also quoted in March 2018 saying they wanted Malema back in the ANC.

We would love to have Julius Malema back in the ANC. He is still ANC down‚ deep in his heart.

Cyril Ramaphosa

I feel the ANC has lost in comrade Julius. The ANC will be better off with him inside the fold‚ so I am going to do my best to request him to reconsider coming back home.

David Mabuza

Not going back

However, Malema has always insisted that he’ll never go back to the ANC.

In April, he said calls for him to return are just a ploy to confuse EFF members across the country.

ANC slams survey that ranked Ace as ‘least-liked’ politician

The African National Congress (ANC) has slammed a survey that ranked its Secretary General Ace Magashule as one of the least-liked politicians in South Africa.

In a statement issued on Thursday morning, the party said Magashule is not engaged in a popularity contest.

The Secretary General of the ANC is part of the leadership collective as elected at the 54th National Conference and not in any popularity contest.

ANC

The party was reacting to the latest South African Citizens Survey (SACS) research released earlier this week.

It ranked Magashule as the least popular in the ANC’s top 6 with a favourability rating of just 11%.

In contrast, the survey found that Ramaphosa remains the most liked politician in South Africa with a favourability rating of 62%.

The ANC however suggested that the survey has a hidden agenda of isolating Magashule and sowing divisions in the party.

The survey also sought to “cast imaginary doubt” on Magashule’s abilities, the party claimed.

The people of South Africa must unite and expose such formations hellbent on tarnishing the good image of our individual leaders hiding behind science.

ANC

Ramaphosa remains most favourable leader but Malema declines – survey

President Cyril Ramaphosa remains South Africa’s most favourable leader, according to new research by Citizen Survey.

The research company revealed its 2019 Quarter 2 (April-June) South African Citizens Survey (SACS) on Tuesday.

The survey showed that in the last nine months, Ramaphosa’s favourability rating has risen to 62% as of July.

This is from a low of 55% in the last quarter of 2018 when revelations from the Zondo Commission on state capture began to affect public perceptions.

Malema declines, Maimane constant

In contrast, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has seen his favourability drop to 25% in the second quarter of 2019.

According to Citizen Surveys, this is one percent lower than former President Zuma’s favourability when he resigned n February 2018.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane’s favourability has remained constant at 28% since 2018’s Q4.

ANC leaders decline

Other leaders also experienced declines in favourability, with the worst being African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Ace Magashule.

His popularity stood at just 11% in July, down from 16% in June this year.

Deputy President David Mabuza’s favourability also declined from 26% in June to 21% in July.

Reza Omar, Citizen Surveys’ strategic research director, said the declines in favourability among the ANC’s top leaders should worry the party.

Omar pointed to factional battles within the ANC as well as ongoing court cases with Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane as contributing factors.

Ace Magashule calls Derek Hanekom ‘a charlatan’ in late-night tirade

African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Ace Magashule has called senior ANC leader Derek Hanekom “a charlatan” and “wedge driver.”

Magashule’s extraordinary comments are contained in a late-night statement the ANC issued on Wednesday night.

He was responding to Hanekom’s admission that he met Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in 2017 to discuss removing former President Zuma from office.

He said ANC is “dismayed” by Hanekom’s admission because he had “full access to air his acerbic views in the NEC [National Executive Committee) of the ANC.”

The ANC called for an open vote and it is Hanekom and others who put pressure on the Speaker to accede to the demand by the EFF for a secret ballot.

ANC SG Ace Magashule

Magashule said EFF’s agenda is to displace ANC from power and to divide the ANC by using “a number of sleepers” inside the ANC.

The ANC is working to unite its members and in our midst is Derek Hanekom, a wedge driver and on a mission to divide the ANC.

Indeed this charlatan is making his mark through his ownership of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation.

ANC SG Ace Magashule

The Secretary General added that Hanekom has no capacity to form a political party but has a “remarkable agility” in dividing the ANC.

He said ANC will unite behind President Cyril Ramaphosa to defeat Hanekom’s “nefarious actions.”

Hanekom has not yet responded to Magashule’s statement. However, EFF leaders have been quick to react.

On Twitter, Julius Malema cited the passage calling Hanekom a charlatan and termed it “profound.”

EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu said they still have the list of ANC MPs who voted against Zuma in the 2017 motion of no confidence.