How Kebble bought ANC favour

2012-04-29 10:17

Johannesburg - In a frank admission, the ANC has explained for the first time how slain mining magnate Brett Kebble bought political ­influence from the party.

The trustees of Kebble’s insolvent estate are claiming R250 000 from the ANC for a donation made in 2004.

The case is set down for trial in the South Gauteng High Court on Friday.

City Press understands Kebble’s trustees initially claimed back much more from the governing party, but brought down the claim through a series of negotiations.

In 2008 the trustees revealed they were looking for more than R25 million that Kebble had paid to the ANC, party ­politicians, the DA and journalists.

Assisted suicide

An initial summons was filed against the ANC in March 2007, but was later amended.

Kebble was shot dead during an “assisted suicide” by ­self-confessed hit men Mikey Schultz, Faizel Smith and Nigel McGurk in September 2005.

According to the particulars of claim, Kebble paid the ANC R250 000 on April 30 2004 “at or near Cape Town”.

The trustees allege that the payment was not made for any value – thus is reclaimable by the insolvent estate - but that the ANC has “failed, refused and/or neglected” to pay back the money.

In its amended plea, the ANC, through attorney Brian Kahn, denies having received the money.


But then the party provides the court with an explanation of how Kebble benefited from the payment, if it is found that the Kebble money did constitute a “disposition” of his property.

The ANC pleads “that in return for the disposition, Kebble obtained the benefit of access to political decision-makers and lawmakers that would be beneficial to him both directly and indirectly by virtue of its benefits to companies in which he had an interest”.

It further states that the payment enabled Kebble “to ­promote for his benefit and that of those companies in which he had an interest conditions more favourable for the conduct of his business and those of the companies in which he had an interest”.

The ANC also pleads that if the court finds Kebble paid money to the party, his assets exceeded his liabilities immediately after the payment.

The Insolvency Act states that donations cannot be made if liabilities exceed an estate’s assets.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-29 10:26

    This frank admission would never have been made had it not been for the pending court case. So what did this donation buy? Immunity from prosecution, maybe? Some juicy tenders? Rotton to the core, the lot of them...

      Max - 2012-04-29 10:41

      Damage control...twice in one week, first the one month extension before the court decision and now this. Wheels are coming off.

      Pienaar - 2012-04-29 10:45

      How can the ANC just discuss these findings like it is acceptable? I would only imagine a ruling party would attempt to conceal these corruptions but they seem to be pronouncing the fact that they are TO BIG TO BE TOUCHED! Inevitably this government will slowly but surely bankrupt this country under the nose of the majority that vote for them. 35-40% unemployment and STILL the ANC gets re-elected?

      Janice - 2012-04-29 11:08

      Corruption, thats what seems to make our country!!!!!

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-29 13:23

      I will let my friends at news24 in on a secret...this is how to buy the ANC....just give them a streetwise two.....I am so corrupt....bwhaha, bwhahaha, bwhaha, etc, etc

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-29 13:26

      Holy smoke, they going to kill FRANK the all sharp, you will get it....

      Alan - 2012-04-29 15:42

      @Anthonyfrom africa - this is not about colour. Of course there are plenty of white crooks too; we see it all the time. But why bring colour into it? Bribery and corruption is wrong, no matter who does it.

      Robin - 2012-04-29 18:48

      Meng jou met die semels dan vreet die varke jou op..

      nasheenar - 2012-04-30 08:54

      There is so much corruption surrounding the ANC that a person cannot keep up. Im sure the lawyers defending this lot must also have a hard time keeping up.Is there any other government anywhere in the world that is plagued and tainted with so much criminal activity?

      Preshen - 2012-04-30 11:49

      ANC is like a prostitute

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-29 10:29

    THE ANC IS ACTUALLY EXPOSING THEIR OWN CORRUPTION !!!??? I didn't see that coming. Who's about to be bust for something I wonder, why this sudden admission?

      SaintBruce - 2012-04-29 18:29

      Key Youth League figures partied at Kebble's house often! Connect the dots......

  • Greg - 2012-04-29 10:31

    So, more proof that the ANC can be "bought"

  • pws69 - 2012-04-29 10:32

    It might be worth noting that once it became apparent that Kebble was using stolen money, the DA immediately refunded the money (around R250,000 if memory serves). The ANCYL received around R15 million from Kebble, and to date have refused to repay it.

  • Andrew - 2012-04-29 10:32

    It just goes to show the moral fibre of this scumbag ANC. They are all corrupt to the hilt and under any normal democracy would be behind bars by now. Not here where the ANC controls the NPA, SAPS some of the judiciary. They are really disgusting dogs.

      SaintBruce - 2012-04-29 18:31

      Show Moral fibre ?? Sorry we are all looking for some but it seems in short supply with the Cadre Camp! Maybe they are out shopping for some with out tax money?

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-04-29 10:34

    THe anc is so pathetic. i don't understand how people still choose to support them.

      Oneant - 2012-04-29 12:54

      yes yes peter. carry on. you are buying BMW's in record numbers from my country.

  • pws69 - 2012-04-29 10:38

    It further states that the payment enabled Kebble “to ­promote for his benefit and that of those companies in which he had an interest conditions more favourable for the conduct of his business and those of the companies in which he had an interest”. Mmmm. Take a look at this website You can legally buy access to any ANC politician you want to. When they have a dinner, the amount you pay per plate is directly linked to the seniority of the ANC politician. Benefits of being a member include, and I quote: "For the benefit you will be able to participate in international trade delegations and seminars/exhibitions" That is why the who's who of ANC ineptocracy and kleptocracy are always part of trade delegations, instead of honest and capable businessmen who actually add value to the country.

  • Elkita - 2012-04-29 10:43

    All i can say is that we all must stand together and get them out of power.I pray for that day.Zuma should run while the going is good..Zuma's jail room is booked i think.Will take a year or two but it's coming....

  • Pienaar - 2012-04-29 10:45

    How can the ANC just discuss these findings like it is acceptable? I would only imagine a ruling party would attempt to conceal these corruptions but they seem to be pronouncing the fact that they are TO BIG TO BE TOUCHED! Inevitably this government will slowly but surely bankrupt this country under the nose of the majority that vote for them. 35-40% unemployment and STILL the ANC gets re-elected?

      Jacqui - 2012-04-29 12:36

      Stealing is acceptable to them. Surely you know that by now.

  • Richard - 2012-04-29 10:45

    So now we have the ruling party admitting that it sold more favorable conditions to Kebble so in other words admitted corruption. So what has changed ? Where in the first world would politicians make such admissions and survive.

  • pws69 - 2012-04-29 10:46

    @Max, the ANC are actually very smart with this kind of thing. Once they realised they were going to get a klap in court, they have a quick get together with COSATU and decide to "postpone for a month" (knowing full well the court would delay it even longer), then act as if the ANC, and not the government (which the ANC run) are the good guys. Sadly, it works on most people.

  • kensong.ben - 2012-04-29 11:09

    Anc and journalists shadow deals aren,t news ..but the democratic alliance been part of the receivers ? Cry beloved south -africa

  • kensong.ben - 2012-04-29 11:38

    Anc , journalists shadow deals aren,t news and the clued one aren,t surprised ..attention should be focussed on the democrats for associating , accepting and abeiting a white collar ; afterall they are the alternative some says....

  • dave.prinsloo - 2012-04-29 11:46

    The ANC is nothing more than the political arm of organised crime in SA.

      kensong.ben - 2012-04-29 12:12

      should we assume that the democrats been at the receiving end aswell are corrupts ? Would like a probe into this and see the outcome ..

      dave.prinsloo - 2012-04-29 12:23

      just because the DA is not the ANC doesn't mean they are not also made up of politicians, i.e. self-interested pursuers of power and influence. It is just that the gangsters called ANC is currently holding the corner called South Africa...

      kensong.ben - 2012-04-29 12:26

      Thx for been objective dave ...

      Jacqui - 2012-04-29 12:38

      Kensong, everybody is telling you the DA, when it realized who Kebble was returned the money. What is there to investigate?.

  • meredith.r.pollock - 2012-04-29 11:54

    Do we need to say more, proof of the corruption in the political arena. ANC supporters are you sure you still want to support a party that admits to being corrupt & taking 'bribes'...

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-29 12:33

    Frank admission!!!!. Not the ANC they have devious ideas about the truth.

  • Andile - 2012-04-29 12:35

    We, News 24 commentors lack objectivity. The article clearly mentions more than 1 beneficiary( ANC, DA, Journalists, etc) of the Kebble money, but NO we choose to do selective reading and commenting. The R25Million did not only go to the ANC but to the DA as well, why do we seem to have missed this when reading. Talking about not throwing stones when living in a glass house.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-29 12:40

      Andile they didn't have to mention the DA, they returned the mone long ago,The ANC only admit it now that a court case is pending. Your glass house need it's windows cleaned.

      pws69 - 2012-04-29 12:48

      the DA returned the money, the ANC have VEHEMENTLY defended their RIGHT to the money, including the ANCYL. You see, the difference between the ANC and the DA is quite simple - THEIR ACTIONS. The ANC SUPPORT corruption, nepotism, and theft through thier ACTIONS, whilst the DA are totally against it, proven through their ACTIONS. Ergo, the subjective comments are quite accurate. What is not often conveyed in comments is historical context. I'll give examples: Travelgate: ANC: Promote CONVICTED members (Booi), and then use TAX MONEY to buy up the debt to prevent further procecution DA: Fire the ONLY DA member involved. Kebble: ANC: KEEP the money and defend their RIGHT to it. DA: Return the money to the estate the moment they find out it is tainted. In light of this, do you REALLY think people are being unfair to the ANC?

      Andile - 2012-04-29 12:53

      @Jacqui NO my friend we always speak of trying to make a difference, the blaming game will never help. The fact of the matter is that Kebble not only paid the ANC but also the DA. If I rob you and than admit that I did so, it doesn't mean that the robbery did not take place.

      kensong.ben - 2012-04-29 12:58

      @jaqui..maybe some needs googles..the democrats aren,t new kid on the block ..they accepted the kicks backs knowing very well that the donnor wasn,t a saint . Given it back after awhile doesn,t make u less guilty or succeptible to be corrupted...

      pws69 - 2012-04-29 13:23

      @Andile, If you buy a stolen car, not knowing it is stolen, and then find out it is stolen, and return it to the original owner, are you still to be charged as an accomplice to the theft?

  • Raul - 2012-04-29 12:54

    This benefit certainly goes further than what ANC admits.The only reason why they are admiting it now is because the matter went to court.Corrupt as they are, do they think the people of SA are a bunch of fulls?

  • makgoka.moichela - 2012-04-29 13:06

    madiba pls hlp

  • denver.furmage - 2012-04-29 14:15

    It is interesting that summons was issued against the ANC in March 2007 for a far greater sum, which was reduced to the R250,000 now claimed "through a series of negotiations". Yet the ANC continues to fight this claim. Heaven knows what the legal costs of defending this action over a period of 5 years are, it certainly won't be less than R250,000. Would make sense to have settled this long ago, saved a whole lot of lawyer fees and without the need to make all these damning admissions, which we all knew anyway.

  • Sipho - 2012-04-29 14:42

    What scares me here is the inclusion of DA and journalists. So if DA gets in power they might turn into the ANC as well???

      dave.prinsloo - 2012-04-29 14:50

      politicians are all, well, politicians. And they are all people, vulnerable to the seduction of the soothing rhythm of the gravy train as it speeds toward 'economic freedom' on rails built from the hopes and dreams of the masses.

      Jerry Medina - 2014-06-01 12:35

      Where do you think they got 100m for Gauteng campaigns from? DA stands for 'transparency' but stand with ANC on keeping political funding secret.

  • mbongeni.gumedemngunie - 2012-04-29 14:53

    when it comes to corruption...the SA government is the best...this thng derail development in the country

  • Jannie - 2012-04-29 15:15

    Now you can understand why criminals such as Jackey Selebe and Shabir Shake will be pardon and let free! Criminals are scrathing each others backs - protect one another - returning favours! And so it will go on and on and on ..... OUR PRESIDENT JAKOB ZOOOMA THE WARRIOR FOR CRIMINALS.

  • Jan - 2012-04-29 16:15

    Justice delayed is justice denied. Lost all my believe in a "justice" system that takes year after year before dases are resoved. Boeremag and many other examples.

  • Tony - 2012-04-29 17:59

    An original claim of R25 million whittled down to a paltry R250 thousand after a series of negotiations!!!! Some series, some negotiations!!!!!

      stefaans.blaauw - 2012-04-29 20:16

      Someone stola some of the zero's behind the 250 000.

  • Sello - 2012-04-29 21:45

    In total Kebble gave away R25 million to political parties and journalists? Sounds like another story of a fool and his money.

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