Western Cape ANC leader in cash-for-votes scandal

2015-02-01 07:43
Marius Fransman (Picture: Sapa)

Marius Fransman (Picture: Sapa)

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Cape Town - Marius Fransman, leader of the ANC in the Western Cape, has been implicated in an alleged cash-for-votes scandal that has backfired after he failed to keep his end of the bargain.

According to the Sunday Times, Fransman promised huge amounts of cash to coloured voters – including the Cape minstrel troupes – of whom Fransman is the chief patron.

The newspaper reports that he allegedly held a meeting with the ministrels and promised to pay between R600 000 and R1m if they voted ANC and performed at President Jacob Zuma’s 72nd birthday in Cape Town ahead of elections last year.

Minutes of the meeting and five witnesses at the meeting corroborate this. But the witnesses say despite having stood behind the ANC and performed at Zuma’s party, they were never paid.

When contacted by the newspaper, Fransman denied the allegations and called them malicious and blamed the source of the accusations on opposition parties.

Minstrels

This is not however, the first time the Cape minstrels, a popular Cape Town tourist attraction, have made headlines this year. Earlier last month, News24 reported that the National Lotteries Board came out in defence of media reports stating the Cape Minstrel Carnival Association was paid R41m for its carnival this year.

The board's CEO, Charlotte Mampane, said in a statement that the report was incorrect.

According to the original news article, the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund, the mechanism through which a percentage of lottery ticket sales proceeds are channelled towards worthy causes to uplift communities, R41m was paid to the Cape Minstrel Carnival Association.

"This assertion is completely false," said Mampane.

It said that the Cape Minstrel Carnival Association received allocations amounting to R40.64m, which were paid out as follows:

- R13.32m was paid in 2012 and 2013 - for carnival costs

- R27.32m was paid in 2014 - carnival costs (R14.32m) and the Carnival Heritage Museum (R13m)

"Therefore, the grant payments specifically for the carnival amounted to R27.64m in three years (2012-2014) and not R41m as reported in the said publication."

"In 2014, the Cape Minstrel Carnival Association received R 13.75m in relation to an application the Cape Minstrel Carnival Association made on behalf of two smaller organisations as per the NLB's partnership model whereby larger, established organisations assist and mentor smaller organisations that do not meet all the requirements to apply on their own.

"The two assisted organisations, Haqun, and Seven Saints were allocated R 5m and R 7m respectively from the allocation of R13.75m, with the balance of R1.2m paid to the assisting organisation [Cape Carnival Minstrels Association] for administration as per the partnership model. In terms of the latter, funds are paid over to the assisting organisation, which would then, in terms of this arrangement; transfer the money to the assisted organisations in line with approved allocations.

"It is a condition of the grant that beneficiaries of NLDTF report on the usage of funds and are required to provide the National Lotteries Board [NLB] with documentation to support the information provided. The NLB scrutinises the reports before making any further payment or grant.

"Any unauthorised deviation amounts to breach of agreement and action, as described in the grant agreement, will be taken. A breach will also impact on any future funding."

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