04 October 2020
CAPE TOWN – The Democratic Alliance on Saturday said recent admissions by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, confirming that the African National Congress received millions of rand from corruption accused Edwin Sodi from that the ruling party benefited from ill-gotten wealth.
“This statement by Mkhize confirms that the ANC has been a beneficiary of Free State corruption. The money that was channelled into the ANC coffers was meant to benefit the people of the Free State, many of whom are hungry, destitute and without basic services, ” said Dr Roy Jankielsohn, leader of the official opposition in the Free State Legislature.
“This confirms what the DA has been saying for more than a decade in the Free State Legislature, which is that many tenders and other government contracts in the Free State are allocated with strings attached. The conditions being that the individuals and companies have to fund the ANC’s election campaigns at the cost of the people of the province. The donations by Sodi to the ANC are but the tip of this financial iceberg.”
Jankielsohn said it was also revealed through leaked emails in 2017 that the Gupta family, which are linked to the controversial R380 million Vrede Dairy Project through the Estina Company, assisted the ANC election campaigns in the Free State after requests via Ace Magashule’s girlfriend Mosidi Motsemme and his son Tshepiso to Rajesh Gupta.
“The Gupta-linked Vrede Dairy Project stands alongside the Edwin Sodi corrupt asbestos contract as the most prominent corruption cases so far in the Free State. As a beneficiary of corruption, the ANC has become an integral part of the criminal network of corruption, money laundering and fraud in our country,” said Jankielsohn.
” The ANC has admitted that they are in possession of dirty money and have a legal obligation to disclose and pay the full amounts back to the state so that our people can benefit from it.”
Mkhize, an ANC national executive committee member admitted that money which was referenced to him from Sodi was for the 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”.
Sodi was arrested last 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.