How Kebble bought ANC favour

2012-04-29 10:17

Johannesburg - In a frank admission, the ANC has explained for the first time how slain mining magnate Brett Kebble bought political ­influence from the party.

The trustees of Kebble’s insolvent estate are claiming R250 000 from the ANC for a donation made in 2004.

The case is set down for trial in the South Gauteng High Court on Friday.

City Press understands Kebble’s trustees initially claimed back much more from the governing party, but brought down the claim through a series of negotiations.

In 2008 the trustees revealed they were looking for more than R25 million that Kebble had paid to the ANC, party ­politicians, the DA and journalists.

Assisted suicide

An initial summons was filed against the ANC in March 2007, but was later amended.

Kebble was shot dead during an “assisted suicide” by ­self-confessed hit men Mikey Schultz, Faizel Smith and Nigel McGurk in September 2005.

According to the particulars of claim, Kebble paid the ANC R250 000 on April 30 2004 “at or near Cape Town”.

The trustees allege that the payment was not made for any value – thus is reclaimable by the insolvent estate - but that the ANC has “failed, refused and/or neglected” to pay back the money.

In its amended plea, the ANC, through attorney Brian Kahn, denies having received the money.

Benefits


But then the party provides the court with an explanation of how Kebble benefited from the payment, if it is found that the Kebble money did constitute a “disposition” of his property.

The ANC pleads “that in return for the disposition, Kebble obtained the benefit of access to political decision-makers and lawmakers that would be beneficial to him both directly and indirectly by virtue of its benefits to companies in which he had an interest”.

It further states that the payment enabled Kebble “to ­promote for his benefit and that of those companies in which he had an interest conditions more favourable for the conduct of his business and those of the companies in which he had an interest”.

The ANC also pleads that if the court finds Kebble paid money to the party, his assets exceeded his liabilities immediately after the payment.

The Insolvency Act states that donations cannot be made if liabilities exceed an estate’s assets.

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