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ANC linked to e-tolling companies

2012-05-06 13:03

Johannesburg - The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) must disclose the names of all 33 sub-contractors involved in the collection of e-tolls on Gauteng highways, the DA said on Sunday.

"This is after disturbing reports [on Sunday] about African National Congress links to companies that will benefit from the e-tolling," Democratic Alliance spokesperson Jack Bloom said in a statement.

The DA has asked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate the controversial Gauteng e-toll collection contracts.

On Sunday, Bloom said he had received acknowledgement of his request.

"It is vital that this investigation goes ahead so that we know the truth about who benefits from these controversial contracts, and whether there was any corruption," he said.

The Sunday Times has reported that politically-connected companies stand to benefit from e-tolling contracts.

Allegations

According to the newspaper, these included Tsebo Holdings, South Africa's largest catering company, which was 15% owned by Nozala Investments and 15% by Lereko.

The Sunday Times reported that Nozala was headed by Salukazi Dakile-Hlongwane, a trustee of the ANC front company Chancellor House, and that Lereko was owned by former environment minister Valli Moosa and Chancellor House trustee Popo Molefe.

Other companies which stood to benefit were Vodacom and GijimaAST, which was 35% owned by billionaire businessman Robert Gumede, which won the two largest sub-contracts.

JSE-listed Gijima was awarded the contract to design and run the project's IT system, the Sunday Times reported.

Molefe was reportedly not aware that Tsebo had any e-tolling contract until told of this by the Sunday Times.

"We as Lereko has not been involved in any discussions about e-tolling. We're not even on Tsebo's board, so we have no influence," he told the newspaper.

Bribes

The 33 sub-contractors were signed up by the electronic toll consortium (ETC), after it was awarded the main R6.6 billion contract by Sanral in 2009. The ETC is responsible for collecting e-tolls.

The Sunday Times reported that the ETC had provided it with the names of only nine of the sub-contractors this week.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, ETC chief executive Salahdin Yacoubi said he would not release the full list of sub-contractors until he had "obtained permission" from them.

He said he had "nothing to hide" and would "collaborate with any investigation" into the beneficiaries of the e-toll contracts.

The Sunday Times also reported that a major beneficiary was the Swedish company Kapsch TrafficCom, which owned 40% of the main contractor.

The company confirmed to the newspaper that, until 2000, it was owned by arms company SAAB, which admitted in June to paying bribes of more than R24m to ensure it was picked to supply Gripen jets to South Africa in the arms deal.

The e-tolling system was halted last Saturday until a full court review could be carried out to determine whether it should be scrapped.

Comments
  • Omrisho - 2012-05-06 13:06

    once a crim...

      graham.plessis - 2012-05-06 13:14

      Goodness. I hope COSATU do the principled thing and break away and instruct their 3 million members not to vote ANC. After all COSATU hate the tolls and claim to hate corruption. I wonder if they will hate corruption when it comes down to the crunch!?

      Smile - 2012-05-06 13:20

      ANC! You are corrupt!!! You steal money from South African taxpayers and you think you can get away with it? SHAME ON YOU! Disgusting corrupt officials! Typical ANC CONDOM COMRADES! These people should be locked up? Where is VAVI now? THANK YOU DA YET AGAIN FOR EXPOSING CRIME! HANG THEM!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-06 13:24

      Just jail the entire ANC. Herd them off to... Well, no one will have them so I guess we are stuck with this thieving lot.

      kim.buren - 2012-05-06 13:27

      Cannot wait for the next National Elections. Hopefully by now the ANC voters will think twice about voting these maaifoedies in.

      Hat3d - 2012-05-06 14:02

      For Kim and Graham, some useful reading hopefully... http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Together-we-stand-20120410

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-06 14:10

      When Vavi was questioned on Radio 702 about Cosatu's role in the E-Toll contract, he was very evasive.........something does not ring true here.

      rowen.loretz - 2012-05-06 14:12

      Nothing newsworthy here. We all know how corrupt the ANC is, or shall we say the cANCer of south africa. And the people keep voting ....

      Rob - 2012-05-06 14:24

      Vavi just wanted a bigger cut Xavier.

      graham.plessis - 2012-05-06 14:24

      @Hat3d. I take your points in the article. I did not say anything contentious though!

      grenville.felton - 2012-05-06 14:39

      Information Bill, eToll, Saab, Grippon , Shabier Shaiek, zuma whole fuc... corrupt ANC may democracy prevail and the new Gov prepeare.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-05-06 14:39

      @graham.p, We shall see, but I think I know where Cosatu' s bread is buttered.

      Hat3d - 2012-05-06 16:00

      @graham.plessis - no you didn't, I can see now how my reply could seem like I thought you did :)

      Merven - 2012-05-07 08:21

      @Graham, the only reason why COSATU is fighting this is because they lost out on the tender process.

      Preshen - 2012-05-07 12:32

      E-toll can suck my toll-e

      Gilbert - 2012-05-07 14:10

      That is why the Gov wont bring back the death penalty because most of the ANC officials will have to be executed. Then their 20 wives, 600 cousins and 1800 other family members (per official) will have to close down there businesses because then there will be no more gravy train to ride on and they will have to do a honest days work. The ANC makes me sick to my stomach and make me ashamed to be a South African

  • chaze.damonze - 2012-05-06 13:09

    Dur...

  • Melanie - 2012-05-06 13:11

    not suprised by the heading. Mxm

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-05-06 16:06

      Yesterday the spokesman of minister Roy that died said, he died was a goodman, he is one minister that don't have and scandals and controvisty when he died. He is indeed correct, it is something to celibrate, because this is very odd a minister with no scandals

  • merushan - 2012-05-06 13:11

    You really have to be dumb, not to have known that...

      Jessica - 2012-05-07 09:35

      And they appointed a presidential committee to investigate themselves. Ha ha this is a real ........

  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-06 13:11

    If criminal acts are found, then whomever is set to gain funds from illicit business ventures MUST face the consequences.

  • Dennis - 2012-05-06 13:12

    Money to be made and the ANC is not involved ...... then I will be very worried !!! Thieving corrupt crooks !!

  • jesomerville - 2012-05-06 13:17

    nothing new i guess about this news - gravy just gets thicker on the SA gravy train

      Amanda - 2012-05-07 09:06

      Somewhere along the like they are going to smother in all that gravy!

  • Bob - 2012-05-06 13:18

    Who would really have thought anything else from these recidivists…! These politician clowns are just bred as thieves...it seems to run in their blood and being a thug appears to be a prerequisite for standing in office! Just a pity the majority of the voting public just can’t see reality!

      graham.plessis - 2012-05-06 15:30

      @Andrew - your comment disappoints me..

      Sedick - 2012-05-06 16:03

      @Andrew, if you mean the colours of the ANC, yes. If not, shame on you as the racist comment accomplishes nothing but hatred...

  • Jack - 2012-05-06 13:20

    This is hardly a surprise

  • Pussycat44 - 2012-05-06 13:20

    There are a lot of sticky fingers around.

      Charles - 2012-05-06 14:33

      The last I've heard was that Vavi and Cosatu were also caught with their hands in the E tolling cookie jar

  • BobM6389 - 2012-05-06 13:24

    Did any one ever think otherwise?

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-06 13:26

    Don't they execute people for this in China? Just goes to show how corrupt our government really is, not surprising at all really.

      George - 2012-05-06 14:18

      I am ready. All I need is the license to kill. 007 had it, why can't I? Chinese medicine for corruption is very powerful. No comebacks have been reported!

      Jacqui - 2012-05-06 14:24

      I wish they would execute people in China for using parts of our animals in their damn medicine.

      George - 2012-05-06 14:35

      Taking orders now, Jacqui. When the license comes through I'm good to go!

      Gilbert - 2012-05-07 14:10

      @ icemanGP. That is why the Gov wont bring back the death penalty because most of the ANC officials will have to be executed. Then their 20 wives, 600 cousins and 1800 other family members (per official) will have to close down there businesses because then there will be no more gravy train to ride on and they will have to do a honest days work. The ANC makes me sick to my stomach and make me ashamed to be a South African

  • Jacques - 2012-05-06 13:27

    Silly me. I thought so right from the start- the fact that it is such a 'shocking discovery' is lost on me, I must admit. Oh well. Can of worms- opened!

      Rick - 2012-05-07 07:44

      If only we COULD can these worms.

  • veldt66 - 2012-05-06 13:28

    Swedish company involved again after the Gripen debacle Eishhhhh these Scandanavians coming down here to help corruption.

      SaintBruce - 2012-05-06 13:49

      They - the Swedes, the Danes, the Germans, the Brits etc all SPONSORED ANC terrorism against the innocents who died under the direction of the leadership and the military wing, MK Commander in Chief - Nelson Mandela and others - so now they want to 'collect' with interest their dues! Does it surprise anyone? The ANC 'sold' itself to foreign powers while still a liberation army in exile. Those financial favours don't come for free! However - reality of the past aside - we, the people of South Africa who pay taxes dutifully, have a great chance to cause shaking in the structures of the ANC led Government and to expose the truth of their ways to the masses via an anti-corruption committed Cosatu. This is going to be a fun fight!

      marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-05-07 12:55

      Kapsh is 50% owned by SAAB Airospace and 50% by BAE Airospace, they are a font for them.

  • Jaco - 2012-05-06 13:30

    The ANC has proven once again how corrupted they really are!!! Scum stealing money for them selves... The money they take from my salary every month is not enough anymore now they try this e-tolling stunt.

      khuliso.ratshinanga - 2012-05-07 10:33

      vodacom is not the ANC. why dont you say the british government is stealing from the poor because they have the same system in their road networks in birgniham

      NrGx - 2012-05-07 13:00

      @Khuliso....HUH? What the hell on you on about? Just finding some way to bring the "imperialists" into this?

  • Duzi - 2012-05-06 13:32

    I strongly urge my fellow citizens to be wise about their next vote...!

      Hat3d - 2012-05-06 14:01

      Some useful reading hopefully http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Together-we-stand-20120410

  • thabane.dladla - 2012-05-06 13:32

    Now as we are South Africans we must come up with the solution regard to this bunch of hooligans (anc cadres).I m so tired of corruption now in this beautiful country, so the moral of the story is we must kill the roots (ANC) its self.Anc must perish ,must fall .I'm the anc member but can't take this anymore .

      Smile - 2012-05-06 14:03

      WELL SAID!!!! ANC CONDOM COMRADES DONT BELONG IN SA!

      Dee - 2012-05-06 14:05

      Yes. The scope of corruption, very sinister protection of the corrupt, and lack of real concern for citizens is worse than a cancer on our future well being. Give your vote to any party other than ANC.

      thabane.dladla - 2012-05-06 14:19

      Here the solution guys.firstly anc is too strong in the rural areas so it will take too long to take them out ,so we must be behind the biggest opposition party (DA)so all the other minors(ID ,IFP,ACP,UDM ect) must rally behind DA if it so DA will be able to overcome ANC ....

      Smile - 2012-05-06 14:39

      Viva DA!!!

      Refiloe - 2012-05-06 14:46

      DA viva. scrow Anc.

  • Piet - 2012-05-06 13:32

    How is this news? We have known this. The Anc does nothing for the people. All transactions and projects concluded by them benefits a connected person. H

      Gieljam - 2012-05-06 14:19

      Sorry Piet ,posted my comment before I read the other comments I agree with you

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-06 13:33

    We have always known. But this is a good thing. Cause each company listed on the beneficiary list will be another nail in SCAMRAL's coffin.

  • David - 2012-05-06 13:34

    e-tolls used for re-election? The truth needs to revealed.

  • Vus'umuzi - 2012-05-06 13:35

    Of course they are linked with the ruling party!!!

      Wally Walters - 2012-05-06 13:50

      would this gov spend taxpayers money and not get a kickback for themselfs look at the arms deal, and many other and what a deal it was. proof me wrong

      khuliso.ratshinanga - 2012-05-07 10:25

      every where in the world even mr Hollande, barack obama etc receive funding form business what are u trying to say. study the korcher brothers industrial how they influence USA policies. if it is Practiced in South africa its wrong and something sinister. Investec invested millions Cape town stadium only in south africa you never spoke about that

  • Lourens Du Preez - 2012-05-06 13:45

    That wouldn't surprise me one bit!

      khuliso.ratshinanga - 2012-05-07 10:28

      in england people do pay for their road networks that is why they are maintained therefore its time that we do the same to achive our developmental goals. the last time i check vodacom was not owned by the ANC and therefore you should ask vodacom for the details of the contract

      Michael - 2012-05-07 12:31

      in England they have an alternative to using the roads. Plus only certain roads are toll road, and it was to help relieve congestion in the city... The SA govt has done it just to get rich. No other reason what-so-ever. Actually I think i am wasting my time trying to explain this to you. Ps, do you even own a car? Oh, and Vodacom is actually 51% or 50% Telkom...which makes it very anc. Go figure. Maybe you should read, look things up before making yourself look silly

      Elize - 2012-05-07 13:21

      Khuliso and why are you still living in SA and not in England????

  • Pule - 2012-05-06 13:49

    OBVIOUS...OBVIOUS...OBVIOUS..OBVIOUS...OBVIOUS... OBVIOUS..OBIASE

      Smile - 2012-05-06 14:52

      Sis.. These ANC have no morals!

  • Lazarus - 2012-05-06 13:58

    I knew it!!!Corruption equals to the ANC.I am Voting fot the DA.

      khuliso.ratshinanga - 2012-05-07 10:30

      your vote is a secret. the system of election in south africa is that the political party with 50+1 % is the ruling party the majority have spoken see you in the next election good luck

  • hheiriss - 2012-05-06 14:04

    Why am I not surprised? Just another example of how the government is designing a system were they line there own akredy fat pockets at the expense of ordinary, hard working South Africans. And then they say the are pro-poor? how funny

  • Mike - 2012-05-06 14:09

    The US had watergate and ours will be Tollgate.

  • George - 2012-05-06 14:10

    Excellent work by Jack Bloom. Obvious conflict of interest. The newly created presidential committee should recuse itself immediately. Only a judicial commission is competent to deal with SCAMRAL and its fellow travelers. The sooner the better. Imagine, if not for OUTA the SA citizens would already be feeding the corrupt system. We need to reflect on the true contribution of OUTA and redouble our support for this democratic initiative.

  • terencebrian.martin - 2012-05-06 14:11

    wow totally not surprise it would have only be a matter of time untill something like this surfaced regards corruption and bribes to get something out of the e tolling system , i think its kind of funny actually cos i really was thinking this all along

  • dianne.hartley.9 - 2012-05-06 14:12

    So what else is new? majority of us guessed this anyway.

  • Gieljam - 2012-05-06 14:17

    This is no news look back at the comments we have posted for sometime now and discover what was said all along this is a fat brown cow that was to be milked untill dooms day , no wonder the resistance ....

  • peter.tsotsotso - 2012-05-06 14:18

    History will judge U

  • Khomotso Motso Makwela - 2012-05-06 14:21

    Sanral wouldn't have started with e-tolls without government's approval. of course ANC is involved. Ppl r acting surprised now when the public doesn't want the e-tolls

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-06 14:22

    No one here will be surprised I am sure.

      Lady - 2012-05-06 14:27

      This anti e-tolling should be a political party.It looks like its one thing that we agree on.

      Smile - 2012-05-06 14:53

      @LADY(LOL) This is what your ANC condoms comrades do to this country!

  • Vincent - 2012-05-06 14:25

    Only a none South African citizen will be fazed by this.

  • Terence - 2012-05-06 14:29

    ANC = Accelerating National Corruption: another reason they want to control the media ... I wonder why? greedy scum! Billions in their back pockets. Enough to feed the poor for years! Vote anything just not for the ANC!

  • yummyhamster - 2012-05-06 14:30

    WOW.. i never expected this. .our honest government cant be involved .. it is all lies.. they serve the people and create jobs and dont care about what is in their pockets..... "sarcasm sign for the idiots out there"

  • Zahir - 2012-05-06 14:34

    The Etolls or Escam is the next arms deal anc were hoping to cash in billions that why the info bill is there cover it up

  • Refiloe - 2012-05-06 14:41

    i knew that since the 1st time the escame thng was advertised.

      Smile - 2012-05-06 14:51

      Typical cANCer!

  • Buhle Mjiyakho - 2012-05-06 14:51

    Aaaaah, this is not a reason enough 4 me 2 start voting 4... DA.

      Smile - 2012-05-06 15:02

      Ahhh.. that is such a shame Buhle... I saw you Facebook pictures and your vote could have counted as 3-4 normal people... Lay off the Macdonalds sister!

      IcemanGP - 2012-05-06 15:20

      And the ignorant stupidity continues.

      Emil - 2012-05-06 15:22

      That's fine, if all ANC supporters start to vote DA and the DA has no meaningful oposition, they too will become idiotic corrupt scum who has a leader who is more concerned about making more babies and having tax payers pay for maintaining several idiotic wifes rather than limiting population growth which will result in lower unemployment and more per capita wealth.So I would like to see a coalition government in the future.Start your own party that will be part of such a coalition one day, or if you still like the ANC, rather stay away on voting day, to ensure that people with common sense can elect a government that can create jobs instead of parties, a governement that would realise that BEE which discriminates againt 9% of the population can never uplift 91% of the population and a government that would give the children of this country a world class education, so that black people do not make the same mistake Afrikaners made-following leaders blindly....

      Amused-Reader - 2012-05-06 15:56

      What would be enough ????

      Dee - 2012-05-06 20:23

      Buhle - I really hope that you will experience the REAL LIBERATION of being able to one day vote based on an informed, intellectual decision of how to use your voting power. It was a thrilling experience for me to do this ... sort of like being 'grown up' and at last, a free person. There is a very long list of SA political parties to choose from : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_parties_in_South_Africa Get informed & make an intelligent rather than sheep-like decision. That's LIBERATION!!!!

      Straton - 2012-05-07 07:37

      Shame on you buhle,I'm not saying that you must vote for DA but you better do what is right for your kids future

      Antonie - 2012-05-07 09:21

      Buhle, So you do not care that the price of all food stuffs and other goods transported on these roads will go up. The profits of this venture not only feeding the rich and greedy, but the cream being siphoned off by offshore 'investors'. Now go look your children in the eye and explain to them why you can not have another slice of bread or an apple....oh and then mention that you do not care enough about this to change your mind. Do you understand what this is about - they are robbing YOU!!!!

  • pmolesworth - 2012-05-06 15:13

    the thing that burns my ars-e is not the corruption, that is endemic, it is the fact that there is a profit to be made in collecting the tolls... we own the roads and are charged to collect the tolls and I have no idea who benefits and to what extent. I have no problem using the tolls to create jobs but the profit is effectively on a tax and I so NO!

  • Bongeka - 2012-05-06 15:17

    The very same ANC took us out of Egypt but they definitely didn't bring us to the promised land and they're not going to when I do my own analysis.If all these corruption cases are really true then the current leadership of the ANC is taking the organization down and they've failed us as a country.When those cadres met in 1912 in Mangaung to form this organization they had a vision. Cry my beloved country because that vision is now dead.The vision they had was for all South Africans and not for a certain race only and the politically connected individuals to enjoy the fruits our country has to offer.The question now is,who has a solution because we have to be carefull not to make decisions using our hearts but we must use our heads.I don't care whether the solution comes up with somebody who is white,black,green or yellow.As long as it is a workable one then I'm down for it. God bless South Africa because I still believe that just one day we will rise up to the occasion.

      Paul - 2012-05-06 19:34

      Every body knows that if you want to do business with the goverment you will have to pay the "comrades" then supply the product, then wait maby two years get paid. If you are not open to paying a bribe they dont bring up and you dont get the contract

  • peter.t.solomon - 2012-05-06 15:24

    Not surprised. Just as they are linked to the company that operate lottery. They are not here to serve, but to make money.

  • peter.t.solomon - 2012-05-06 15:24

    Not surprised. Just as they are linked to the company that operate lottery. They are not here to serve, but to make money.

  • cordom - 2012-05-06 15:27

    So what how many companies finance the DA that get tenders in the western cape.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-06 16:01

      great question, lets do some investigation,

      pws69 - 2012-05-06 17:39

      How Many? Pray, do tell. Baseless insinuations just make you look like dishonest pondscum. Is that really the image you want to project? Food for thought, the ANC would no doubt use all of the state machinery at their disposal to try to discredit the DA, yet even they have found nothing of consequence. These are the same people who use our security services against their own colleagues. Do you honestly believe they would not use it against their biggest opposition? But they have found NOTHING.

      ettienne.hattingh - 2012-05-06 17:41

      @cordom. Stupid idiot. Your ANC government has done NOTHING for you. Wake up. They are enriching themselves on your account.

      Mark - 2012-05-07 11:11

      When Johnny gets caught stealing (or trying to steal) it doesn't make him any better if he says yes but Thabo also steals.

      marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-05-07 12:45

      Condom, we are busy bashing the ANC national government here of witch SANRAL is part of. SANRAL tried the same crap on the Cape Town freeways and the DA got a court interdict against it.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-05-06 15:44

    Anarchy Nepotism Corruption

  • Joeline - 2012-05-06 16:16

    Gjima and Absa? What's the deal there?

      Vaughan - 2012-05-07 09:12

      Other than Gijima running Absa's infrastructure into the ground, what is the link?

  • brainbowgold - 2012-05-06 16:25

    We look forward to full disclosure. SANRAL secrecy surrounding the project is rather suspicious. The cost of collection is mind-blowing and totally unacceptable. This money could have been better used elsewhere in our society.

  • Cameron - 2012-05-06 17:02

    Wheres all the ANC trolls now?? Cant see them anywhere on this page?

  • muruti.malungana - 2012-05-06 17:23

    This is strange..i wonder why etoll project is a fiasco

  • pws69 - 2012-05-06 17:23

    This is not the first time Nazi Alli has gone about business this way. Google Trranskei highway dune mining. That one was also stopped in its tracks.