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Niehaus has not repaid debts

2012-05-03 22:06

Johannesburg - Former ANC spokesperson Carl Niehaus on Thursday said he had not paid back all his debts.

"I have settled as far as possible my debt and I have made arrangements," he told Talk Radio 702 on Thursday evening.

This came after Niehaus told breakfast show host John Robbie on Wednesday that he had paid back all his debts.

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom wrote on social networking site Twitter on Wednesday that this was "not quite true".

"He [Niehaus] has not made any attempt to repay loans he obtained," Hanekom wrote.

Niehaus also said that he was up for a job within the African National Congress in the near future. However on Thursday he denied saying this.

On Wednesday he said: "Soon there will be a formal position, but let the ANC talk about that, not me."

"It is very important to let the ANC talk about ANC positions. All I can say to you is my involvement in the ANC is increasing by the day."

Niehaus told radio host David O'Sullivan on Thursday evening that he never stated that there was a job.

"I said I am involved in the ANC and that there may be a chance."

O'Sullivan challenged Niehaus and played him a sound clip from his interview with Robbie.

The ANC said it did not know anything about a job opportunity for Niehaus.

Earlier, his spokesperson Tonny Sauls said in a statement: "He simply confirmed his continued involvement with the ANC.

"He stated that it is for the ANC to decide how his skills and ability can be utilised, and that it was not a matter for him to pronounce on."

Sauls said reports stating anything else were a "wilful and deliberate distortion of what he said in the interview".

In 2009 Niehaus admitted to forging signatures of senior Gauteng provincial government figures in order to secure a loan.

This came after claims surfaced that he had allegedly engaged in fraud and lies to maintain an expensive lifestyle that left him seeped in debt.

These included lies about him obtaining a doctorate, a fraudulent letter to obtain a loan and reports of millions of rands of debt, default payments and judgments against his name.

At the time, the ANC initially said he would be re-deployed within the party, but later said Niehaus had withheld information from it and therefore opted to place him on a leave of absence.

Niehaus resigned following this announcement. He has largely been out of the media spotlight since then.

Comments
  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-03 22:27

    This man lied to you and the country. There is abundant evidence but you chose to place him on a leave of absence for withholding information? This is the mighty govt's response "go stand in a corner until we decide what to do with you"? Lying and defrauding the State - which is the people of South Africa - must surely warrant a more direct and swift response than this? You cannot say 'anti-corruption' and then do nothing meaningful to those who are blatantly caught out. ANC might be gullible, but we citizens who hired yoy, no longer are. Walk the talk or go.

      Malcolm - 2012-05-04 09:16

      Carl Niehaus you are the weakest link; goodbye!!

  • Sam - 2012-05-03 22:58

    Whether or not the ANC does reemploy this guy is going to tell us an awful lot about how serious they are about fighting corruption and deceit. It's going to be interesting.

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-03 23:53

      We already know how serious they are. Just between Niehaus and Shiceka's PROVEN bad behaviour, zero meaningful action. The list has grown a lot longer since. It's time to stop setting fire to things and barricading roads. It's time for the electorate to grow up and take on the responsibility of a democracy and free society and make the govt pay for the extreme disrespect they show all citizens every day. We don't put up with such rudeness and disrespect from employers, shops or banks. It's time we all stopped putting up with such rudeness from the people we have hired to run the country

      Malcolm - 2012-05-04 09:20

      Carl Niehaus is probably the very best the ANC has got with regard to honesty and integrity.

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-05-04 01:16

    Carl needs a job in order to repay his debts!

      Malcolm - 2012-05-04 09:33

      Oh! That must be why the ANC kept all those thieves in government who stole travel vouchers and most of the 1300 public service officials were charged with misconduct for corrupt activities and about 50 despicable police personnel who defy the law each month and the president himself who is certainly corrupt by way of his wilful association with the criminal Shabir Shaik and as well as his arms deal dishonesty. What a nation!!

  • Roy - 2012-05-04 05:37

    Suffer you sucker! Thought you could get away with more lying but you were caught out. Hope the ANC treat you the same way they treated Malema. Goodbye!

  • Jonny Lee - 2012-05-04 06:12

    Lying? yep, he qualifies as ANC member! make him president! oh, has he killed anyoine yet?

  • Phillip - 2012-05-04 06:16

    Come-on people.... the fact that he can LIE @ DENIE so easily, and then 'forget' what he said, even if it was one day before, makes him perfect for any job in the Gov. The fact that he can act fraudulantly with such ease to uphold a lifestyle above his means, makes him a perfect candidate for a seniour post. His only sin is, he is to "honest" about it, in telling the people he did it. He forgot the basic mantra... APARTHEID MADE ME DO IT....

  • Carry - 2012-05-04 06:27

    ONE OF THE JEWELS IN THE anc CROWN - IT'S NO WONDER WE ARE THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE WORLD.

  • pws69 - 2012-05-04 08:17

    Carl logic: Yengeni is a convicted criminal, Booi is a convicted criminal, Winnie is a convicted criminal, and they all got promotions. Why didn't I get a promotion?

  • Blixum - 2012-05-04 08:44

    LEUENAAR! Typical anc politician. When they open their mouths you know they are lying.

  • Hugh - 2012-05-04 09:46

    Once a scumbag, always a scumbag.

  • Christopher - 2012-05-04 11:31

    Carl Niehaus seems to meet perfectly all the ANC requirements for the holding of public office. He's a pathological liar, cheat, fraudster, thief and an a**e hole.

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