Pule Mabe staying put at NEC despite charges

2013-11-17 14:01

Pule Mabe says he will not quit the ANC’s national executive council (NEC) despite the party’s resolution in Mangaung that all members facing criminal prosecution must resign pending the outcome of their cases.

Mabe, who was arrested on Friday and charged with fraud, theft and money laundering, intends to plead not guilty to all charges levelled against him.

He was released on R10 000 bail after appearing in Pretoria’s Commercial Crime Court on Friday.

A senior NEC official who did not want to be named because he isn’t allowed to speak to the media, said Mabe had the ANC’s full support.

“The ANC will wait until the outcome of the case, which we think would be quickly concluded because we don’t think he has a case to answer. Our spokesperson Keith Khoza has already made an announcement to that effect,” said the member.

Khoza told eNCA that the ANC would wait for Mabe’s case to be finalised before making a decision.

The official claims that Mabe’s charges were politically motivated.

“We question the timing of these charges. Is it by a coincidence that the charges are brought against him after he was nominated to Parliament by the majority of the nine provinces during their respective list conferences? If not so, then why now?”

Contacted for comment, Mabe said: “I’m not at liberty to comment as we have not received the docket to study the full disclosure of charges against us.

We will co-operate with the investigation and continue to mantain our innocence until proven otherwise by the court of law.

All I’m prepared to do at this stage is to thank my family, friends and more importantly the big church which is the ANC for the support they have shown me in this trying moment of my life.”

According to the indictment before the court, Mabe and Kabedi Ramose, alleged to be his business partner, “unlawfully” received funds from the South African Social Security Agency through recommendations from the organisation’s spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi.

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