ANC councillor 'sold' land to church
Johannesburg - An ANC ward councillor has been suspended for six months after the confirmation of allegations of an illegal land sale, the Johannesburg ANC said on Thursday.
The allegations were confirmed to the African National Congress in a report by the city's integrity commissioner and council's ethics committee, spokesperson Jolidee Matongo said.
The Johannesburg ANC apologised to the Together As One Church of Christ after councillor Godfrey Thabo Nkhasi allegedly illegally sold it land in Diepkloof for R15 000 in 2008.
The church had questioned the validity of receipts and letters purportedly confirming the land transfer.
It later received an anonymous call warning it to stop building on the land or someone would be killed, Matongo said.
Nkhasi told the church he would look into the matter, but a few weeks later said the land could no longer be transferred and gave the church its money back.
The church had already bought about R11 000 worth of building materials, but Nkhasi never repaid it for this.
The church laid a complaint with the Democratic Alliance early in 2011 and the case was taken to the Johannesburg metropolitan council.
It was handed over to the ethics committee and the city's integrity commissioner which decided to suspend Nkhasi for six months without pay.
The ANC Johannesburg region said it would bring disciplinary charges against Nkhasi in the next few days.
These would include bringing the party into disrepute. More charges could be added later, Matongo said.
He said a proper disciplinary process would begin in the next few days and the ANC hoped to conclude the matter by January 30.
"We want to make it clear that the ANC will follow all its internal procedures and give Nkhasi the opportunity to present his case in a fair and unbiased environment, whilst upholding the principle that in the ANC everyone is innocent until proven guilty."
Matongo said if Nkhasi was found guilty, the ANC would use this case to set an example for others not to fall into the same trap.