ANC not aware of Niehaus job

2012-05-02 18:26
Johannesburg - The ANC on Wednesday said it was not aware that its former spokesperson Carl Niehaus was up for a job within the party.

"We are not aware of that," ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said.

Earlier on Wednesday in an interview with Talk Radio 702, Niehaus said there would be a job for him within the ANC in the near future.

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

"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 would not give any more details on the job prospect.

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

Fraud allegations

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 redeployed 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.

Made mistakes

Niehaus told Talk Radio 702 on Wednesday that he had paid back all his debts and bemoaned being labelled a fraudster.

"I have said very clearly that I have not committed fraud and I state categorically this morning again there had been no fraud, there had been no charges of fraud and I have not been found guilty of fraud. So it is straight slander to call me a fraudster," he said.

"I made mistakes in ways I conducted my financial environment."

Talk Radio 702 breakfast show host John Robbie, who interviewed Niehaus, wrote on social networking site Twitter that Niehaus had repaid all his debts.

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom replied on Twitter that this was "not quite true".

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

Niehaus could not be immediately reached for comment.
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