Mpumalanga – Members of the ANC in the Gert Sibande region of Mpumalanga have opened a case of theft against their top five leadership.
The members, led by former MP Jabulani Dube, are accusing the regional executive committee of stealing R500,000 during the purchase of ANC offices in 2018.
According to Dube, the party had been renting office space and decided to buy their own offices in 2018, at a price of R2.1m, but R500,000 disappeared from the party’s account.
“First, we don’t believe that the building cost R2.1m but we don’t have any choice but to accept the papers given. The reason we opened the criminal case is that R500,000 went missing,” said Dube.
He said they were calling for chair Muzi Chirwa, deputy chair Vusi Motha, secretary Audrey Maleka, deputy secretary Lindy Masina and treasurer Khosi Khota to step aside from their government positions.
Chirwa is executive mayor of the Gert Sibande district municipality, Motha is executive mayor of the Mkhondo local municipality, Maleka is a member of the National Council of Provinces, Masina is a member of the mayoral committee in the Gert Sibande district municipality and Khota is speaker of the Lekwa local municipality.
“The ANC came with a step-aside policy and people must do likewise and step aside when implicated in wrongdoing and clear their names as individuals, and tell the ANC and the courts what happened to the money of party members. That’s what we call for as the justice department deals with this matter,” said Dube.
Acting chair of the ANC in Mpumalanga, Mandla Ndlovu, told Sowetan they would wait for the law to deal with the case. However, he said it was strange that the members had decided to go to the police having not exhausted internal processes of the ANC.
“It’s strange that without exhausting the party’s internal processes, the matter is with the police. Actually, the complainant here was supposed to be the ANC. However, as the ANC in [Mpumalanga] we shall await and support the court to deal with the allegations,” said Ndlovu.
Speaking on behalf of the top five, Motha told Sowetan that if the ANC wanted him to step aside he would do so and explain his side of the story.
“We know about this matter since 2018. As the matter is in court or with the police, we shall wait for the investigators to get our side of the story. Actually, the ANC will decide what should happen and if they say let us step aside, we will do so and go to the integrity committee and explain ourselves,” said Motha.
Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brig Leonard Hlathi confirmed a case of theft was opened for investigation.