ANC forced Pikoli to quit job - report

2012-05-25 10:58

Johannesburg - Former National Prosecuting Authority head Vusi Pikoli has been pressured into resigning from his job at an auditing firm because of political interference, according to a report on Friday.

But Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba dismissed it as a "malicious rumour".

According to the Mail & Guardian Pikoli was asked to resign from SizweNtsalubaGobodo (SNG), the fifth-largest auditing firm in the country, after ANC officials allegedly threatened to cut off government contracts if Pikoli did not leave.

Pikoli, once a shareholder, director and partner in forensic investigations at the firm, confirmed to the weekly newspaper that he was unemployed after being told "there is a clear expectation to resign" at the end of February this year.

‘A clear expectation’

Pikoli left SizweNtsalubaGobodo in the middle of March.

"I was told that there was a clear expectation of me to resign because some unnamed people in the ANC were not happy that I was working for SNG and that it would in future be difficult to award contracts to SNG because of me, I was told," Pikoli told the Mail & Guardian.

He said the firm's chairperson Nonkululeku Gobodo refused to name "the ANC people" who raised objections to his employment.

"She didn’t want to tell me who exerted pressure on her to fire me."

Minister denies claim

According to the newspaper, SNG's biggest contract was with Transnet. The total value of the external auditing contract, worth R300m, was never before awarded to a 100% black-owned company.

Both Gigaba and Transnet denied Pikoli's version of why he resigned.

Gigaba's spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete told the newspaper the minister had merely implemented the recommendation from the board of a state-owned enterprise.

"The minister did not set any conditions for SNG in its deliberations with Transnet, least of all that SNG should dissociate themselves from any of its employees or associates. Allegations to the contrary are false and malicious," Tshwete said.

  • Henri - 2012-05-25 11:07

    Did his ANC membership expire ? makes sense. if your not with us by definition u r against us - regards the ANC im not a member ha ha ha ha

      Tebz001 - 2012-05-25 11:24

      he was standing on the wrong side of the spear

      Fussed - 2012-05-25 11:39

      He got "shafted"

  • Erna - 2012-05-25 11:08

    I know who I believe!

      Koos - 2012-05-25 11:52

      Pikoli for sure.

  • Nigel - 2012-05-25 11:11

    Oh another surprise (not) yawn!!!

  • Sharon - 2012-05-25 11:14

    So they are not just happy with corruption, and want to add blackmail and extortion to the list? In for penny, in for a pound, as they say. I wish there were names, these people need to explain their actions!

  • Stephen - 2012-05-25 11:15

    Where there is smoke there is fire. There's always an ulterior motive with the ANC.The ANC and all its cadre's are nowt but born deceivers and deluxe model liars.

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-25 11:18

    It is the same tribal mentality that prevents Africa from progressing.

  • Hermann - 2012-05-25 11:22

    Honest people are not welcome.

  • Loo - 2012-05-25 11:25

    Swim with Sharks , get eaten by Sharks ... Swim with the Spear, get f***** by the spear .. An ugly thing that constantly sticks out its head ie. this politics.

  • Koos - 2012-05-25 11:26

    Perhaps the chairwoman is up for a spear by you know who.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-25 11:30

    Off course they did, he was going after Selebi and who know who else? The Association of NAtional Criminals cannot tolerate honest people in critical positions.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-25 11:34 do realize with the extent of this corruption...we soon will be running out of bad is that? I don't know what to say anymore (that's how bad it's got)....other than to repeat myself...which I've done far to much of....HELL WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO STOP THIS CORRUPTION.

      MefrouwPoefparra - 2012-05-25 12:23

      That's not on the agenda. "A luta continua" for them means "the looting continues".

  • Erich - 2012-05-25 11:36

    Dirty play at its best.

  • Darra - 2012-05-25 11:44

    Wont read the story. Dont need to! If a 'man' can appoint Cele,and Mdluli, and the host of others who have been thieves and scoundrels, incompetents and rascals,and an enormous embarrassment to the country but certainly not to the 'man's dignity, why should his treatment of Vusi Pikoli not surprise us? The "man" wouldnt know talent and integrity if it were stuffed up his nostrils. His quality and morality is a threat. So hound him! .... make his life a misery.

  • Genet - 2012-05-25 11:45

    Dictatorship, no more, no less.

  • Vic - 2012-05-25 11:46

    If there is anybody to believe, it would be, the Mail & Guardian and Pikoli. He obviously knows too much.

  • Jay - 2012-05-25 12:41

    Dear Mrs GOBODO, Be a Responsible SA Citizen and a Business Leader who IS DETERMINED to FIGHT ANC CRONYISM & CORRUPTION! NAME & SHAME those ANC People...... PLEASE! I Rest My Case! By The Way, DO NOT BUY AN e TAG! EVER

  • victor.freeman.39 - 2012-05-25 12:43

    Shilowa and Lekota have put the country in a very precarious position. A potential viable party, which would have brought the ruling thugs to their knees is no more because of them.

      Jay - 2012-05-25 13:30

      Well Spoken... Give Yourself A Bells!

      Erna - 2012-05-25 13:48

      We came so close - if only it had worked!

  • Joe - 2012-05-25 12:44

    can i have his job ??? i am in retail but in exchange i will vote ANC

      sabongam - 2012-05-25 13:29

      Funny one Joe...As a supporter of the ANC I think I'm going to take you to court...Let's learn to laugh at ourselves and also be less serious.I think we should take a page out of the way surfers live life...Lank cool.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-25 12:45

    I will not be surprised if the orders for the axing of Pikoli has not been recorded and that there is substantial proof of this. Where there is smoke there is fire.

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-25 13:51

    This ANC is becoming a serious warning to us all. Let them rule and we suffer

      MefrouwPoefparra - 2012-05-25 16:47

      Eh...but that's what you struggled for!

  • jan.calitz1 - 2012-05-25 15:02

    Barbaric! The ANC exercises faction fighting in an economic enviroment! They will never forget that Pikoli challenged them! Shame on all involved!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-25 16:14

    We must get rid of all political parties. Starting with the ANC. Why do the people relinquish their power to thugs?

  • Buzz - 2012-05-25 16:27

    I wonder if this firm would survive without it's govt contracts? Hence how successful is it without the nepotism we can clearly see ?

  • MefrouwPoefparra - 2012-05-25 18:08

    Test: Have I been banned?

      MefrouwPoefparra - 2012-05-25 18:13

      No, but the following post just disappear all time: We have been another fa_iled African state for quite some time now, all the pointers were there since 1994, when the cad_res gathered to get their share of the lo_ot. In fact, we may be up there with the most rot_ten in Africa (no mean achievement), the fact only hidden by our relative "pros_perity". The ANC is suck_ing this country dry.

  • Ro - 2012-05-25 19:02

    I think its time for change - real change - North African style

  • Michele - 2012-05-25 19:38

    This is just so wrong. I have massive respect for Mr Pikoli, let us not forget that the last time the ANC messed around with him it cost them millions in damages and legal costs. I hope Mr Pikoli nails them again. I remember the case well because it also exposed what a fool Simelane was , Wim Trengeux still said to Simelane " how dare you sir, question the integrity of this man " and then to add insult to injury Zuma appointed the skelm Simelane to Mr Pikoli's post. Unreal and downright insulting to us as the public and Mr Pikoli whose integrity is without question.

  • suzuki.melo - 2012-05-25 21:57

    I wonder when are we going to be free in this country.

  • dumisani.gumbo - 2012-06-22 23:53

    Things happens in dis world

  • Nomvuselelo Maroga - 2015-07-15 15:41

    Until it happenes to you uyakubonga Nyhani nyhani ! Nyhani!

  • Nomvuselelo Maroga - 2015-07-15 15:50

    It gives me some form of " give the man Bells" kode kubenini sibukele abaninawe abakhuluwa op dade bethu bevithizwa for their beliefs?

  • Nomvuselelo Maroga - 2015-07-15 15:54

    Freedom in our lifetime has been costly to the spirit". No one wants to wait for the fruits of labour. Phuma ndingene

  • Nomvuselelo Maroga - 2015-07-15 15:54

    Freedom in our lifetime has been costly to the spirit". No one wants to wait for the fruits of labour. Phuma ndingene

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