03 October 2020
PRETORIA – ANC national executive committee member, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize insists the money which was referenced to him from corruption-accused businessman Edwin Sodi was for the African National Congress (ANC) when he was treasurer general of the ruling party.
“I have received various media queries regarding the payment of R6,5 million made by Mr Edwin Sodi and wherein my name, Zweli Mkhize, has been put as a reference. I wish to categorically state [that] I have never received any funds from Mr Sodi, either personally or through a third party intended for my personal benefit, ” said Mkhize in a statement.
“I can confirm that during my tenure as the ANC treasurer general , Mr Sodi, just like many other business persons, companies and organizations made donations to the African National Congress. In fact, when I took over as the TG, Mr Sodi’s contacts were available in the ANC donors database as one of the people who had previously donated to the ANC.
Mkhize said the ANC database was compiled and kept by the finance office through various public fundraising events that the ANC held.
“That is how we would contact people or companies and invite them to our events,” he said.
Mkhize said during his tenure as ANC treasurer general, Sodi made the following payments as donations to the ANC:
R3 million – 28 Feb 2014
R3.5 million – 03 April 2014
R1.5 million – 29 Sept 2015
R150 000 – 08 January 2016
“I once again state categorically that the above payments were deposited directly into ANC’s official bank accounts, I therefore can only assume that the name Zweli Mkhize was used by the donor as a reference, given my capacity at the time as the treasurer general. Furthermore, I wish to emphasise that all the donations we received made voluntary, they were never transactional or linked to securing work from government,” said the health minister.
“I further confirm that outside of having noted Mr Sodi as a donor to the ANC during my tenure as TG, I have no personal, professional or business relationship with him. I have never been party to any of his business dealings nor have I interacted with him at a personal level.”
Sodi was arrested this week, after appearing before the State Capture Commission of Inquiry. During his appearance before the commission, Sodi was quizzed about the numerous deposits he made to senior government officials, ANC leaders and the party between 2013 and 2019.