ANC 'brown envelope' report released

2012-02-06 20:30

Cape Town - An ANC report into a "brown envelope" scandal involving former Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool and two Independent Newspapers journalists was released to the newspaper group on Monday.

The company and Cape Argus editor Gasant Abader lodged a high court application last year in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act to get the report.

Abader said on Monday: "The report does corroborate what we encountered before in our own investigation into this brown envelope issue. There are one or two surprises in there. We are still studying it."

The African National Congress's investigation followed rumours that Rasool indirectly used public funds to pay the two journalists to write stories favourable to him, while rubbishing his opponents in the Western Cape ANC. The money was reportedly handed to the journalists in brown envelopes.

The party's investigation was believed to have led to Rasool’s ousting from his position in 2008. He has since been appointed as South Africa's ambassador to Washington DC.

Late last year, Western Cape High Court Judge Bennie Griesel ordered the ANC to give the court a full copy the report so he could examine it, before allowing it to be given to Independent Newspapers.

In its court papers, the Independent Newspapers group invoked the right of freedom to impart and transmit information, and the right to protect its reputation from allegations that it had covered up the full extent of the scandal.

The ANC initially refused to give Independent Newspapers the report, which was compiled by ANC member and Deputy Justice Minister Andries Nel.

The party argued that the report belonged to a private organisation and the information had been obtained on condition of confidentiality.

The court found that the newspaper group was entitled to investigate the scandal as far as the issue affected its reputation.

Abader said it was important for the group to have pursued the matter through the courts.

"It was important for us to go this route so that we could guarantee the free flow of information. Former Argus journalists were implicated in this report. The report also mentioned a former premier of the Western Cape. That gives it compelling public interest."

Abader said the group would continue investigating the matter.

The Western Cape government had also sent a dossier to the police to investigate certain departments that were in place when the scandal broke.

Abader said: "We will pursue the investigation with the police... As far as we are concerned this is an ongoing thing."

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza was not immediately available for comment.

  • mastersvoice - 2012-02-06 20:45

    Just another dirty ANC politician.

      Sean - 2012-02-06 21:03

      This is nothing new , is there any ANC member that is not dirty ???

      John - 2012-02-06 21:31

      Anc= Association of National Criminals, Abortion Murder Genocide. Destroying South Africa since 1957.

  • Assis - 2012-02-06 20:49

    His appointment to the US is genius...ambassador Rasool will fit right in with the dodgy and corrupt lobbyists in Washington.

  • frank.hartry - 2012-02-06 21:00

    When will the allegations of these ANC people ever cease? It goes on and on year after year, month after month, day after day. And yet every five years South Africa votes for the party that appears to be full of crooks, thieves scoundrels and fraudsters. This man used taxpayers money to pay journalists in order to promote himself. That is deliberate theft and if true he should be alongside Selebi in jail. Instead he is the ambassador to the most democratic, the most powerful and wealthiest country in the world. This ANC regime is so shameful.

      John - 2012-02-06 21:34

      the party is controlled by criminals. Remember that in the black set of values, it is ok to steal from the village next door. It is ok to steal from you and me, as presented by the communist party story.

      Vic - 2012-02-06 21:45

      Frank, you hit the nail on the head. It's these brainwashed, gullible voters who keep these no-gooders in power. Zuma is toothless to do anything about it. The election promise of no corruption, nepitismor jobs for pals, was just an election ploy, and will raise it's head again next election.

      Aubrey - 2012-02-07 09:22

      Keep the masses poor,keep the masses uneducated and you rule foreover.

  • fillibusters - 2012-02-06 21:00

    Get rid of the scum, cushy job in Washington is just wrong

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-06 21:13

    All Arsool did while he was "Premier", was to promote corruption. For this he was rewarded with an ambassadorial position by the rotten ANC.

  • Frans - 2012-02-06 21:23

    So, what's new? Another day, another scandal.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-02-06 21:30

    Justify this on your pathetic , Facebook page. Jacob Zuma . Instead of sending condolences to murdered farmers families . Get in your convoy of planes and go visit your rasool buddy again. U are a huge disappointment to every African .

  • Vic - 2012-02-06 21:35

    Does this mean Mr R'sool will be recalled as Ambassador to Washington ?Doubt it!

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-06 22:14

    "The party's investigation was believed to have led to Rasool’s ousting from his position in 2008. He has since been appointed as South Africa's ambassador to Washington DC." WTF?????...... how shameful???? and the ANC puts him in DC?? what kind a thinking is that??? what a$$holes came up with that??Oh the ANC DUH!!!!

  • brettcch - 2012-02-06 22:23

    Question: how do you secure a top SA diplomatic post abroad? Answer: you steal something

  • Mboneni - 2012-02-06 23:17

    South Africa is drowning in corruption . Northern Cape,Mpumalanga,Eastern Cape,Limpopo, North West and Free State,the tripatite alliance is simply striping the countrys finance bare.Unemployment is increasing while life expectancy is fast decreasing and health system collapsing.The brown envelope saga is justr a tip of the iceberg

  • John - 2012-02-06 23:48

    Amazes me to what lengths they will go to protect there own..... I think they all have knives at each others backs.

  • Zebelon - 2012-02-07 09:59

    An ANC politician falls from grace, and is consequently removed from office. But he is then posted to Washington as an ambassador, an example of the application of the NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION within ANC circles.

      Jacqui - 2012-02-07 11:15

      Cele will be next in line for an ambasadorial post. Probably in the boondocks.

  • Jacqui - 2012-02-07 11:12

    The envelope is brown, the contents is brown and it smells. What's new?.

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