MEC accused of bribery attempt

2013-02-10 11:21

Johannesburg - Limpopo human settlements MEC Clifford Motsepe appeared to try bribe a City Press reporter, the newspaper reported on Sunday.

Motsepe offered the newspapers Limpopo correspondent Sipho Masondo a "wad of cash" on Friday, according to the report.

Motsepe on Saturday denied offering Masondo any money and questioned the journalist's integrity.

His lawyers on Saturday night demanded that City Press not run the story, the newspaper reported.

Following a week which saw Motsepe have to fend off damaging media reports, he invited Masondo to his house on Friday morning.

The Star newspaper reported that tender documents were allegedly tampered with to award R900m housing contracts to companies owned by friends of former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

Wad of cash

According to City Press, Masondo had given his version of events in an affidavit signed under oath.

After the meeting which lasted 30 minutes the two walked to the front door.

"There, Mr Motsepe reached into his pocket and took out a wad of cash, neatly held together with an elastic band. He held it out to me and said something like 'this is for petrol for the weekend'," City Press quoted from Masondo's affidavit.

"I told him I could not accept the money. I noticed that it was a substantial amount of money. I could see there were R100 and R200 notes. the notes looked crisp and fresh."

Masondo said the MEC tried to persuade him.

According to Motsepe all he said was: "Should he [Masondo] need any help from us as comrades in the province, he can come to me. Unless he misinterpreted that somehow."

  • Richard - 2013-02-10 11:27

    Oh Please who is going to believe him. Corruption is the everyday language spoken by our so called leaders and they always deny it.

      bullet.proof.9400 - 2013-02-10 11:47

      How does one spell corruption === anc how does one spell fraud==== anc how does one spell nepotism === anc how does one spell cheeting === anc how does one spell idiot === anc how does one spell ....... and and and

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-10 12:02

      You spell cheeting = cheating

      gray.braatvedt - 2013-02-10 12:38

      @tersia - you are absolutely correct. The funniest part of that is that CheAtiNg has an ANC in it. rofl

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2013-02-10 11:39

    Caught in the act, the City Press reporter may have substantial evidence. Stop the rot.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2013-02-10 11:43

    Mr MEC be alert when you dealing with City Press, its a very good investigating paper full of clever journalists, especially regarding corruption.

  • zet.vakala - 2013-02-10 11:45

    Should he [Masondo] need any help from us as comrades in the province, he can come to me. Unless he misinterpreted that somehow. What kind of monetary help would a reporter need from ANC comrades? Of course he will deny the bribery attempt.

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2013-02-10 11:47


  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-02-10 11:48

    There is no corruption or bribery in SA, if the MEC wanted to give him some thing for petrol then it is for petrol. Its the same if you go and pay your water and lights that went behind payments, all she does is hand you a white envelope to put a "little something" in there and the problem is solved. Or if a traffic cop pulls you over for talking on your cell and he said it's so hot today and he is thirsty. Or if you take your car for testing then you must forget that R50 hanging half way out of the ashtray. No corruption or bribes involved, only one person helping the other person, it's the South African way. Nothing for nothing and something for something

      moruthane - 2013-02-10 11:57

      haha i like the sarcasm behind your input... No corruption indeed lol

      Rodrigue Mirod - 2013-02-10 13:56

      May be the MEC thaught the journalist is just like those trafic cops. I can see that u really undersatnd the MEC than that journalist.

  • moruthane - 2013-02-10 11:52

    Now thats an interesting short film, far much better than Shakespear's movies...

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-10 12:22

      Moruthane. Shakespeare's movies?. Oh! dear.

  • Andrew M - 2013-02-10 11:53

    Yes, we believe the offer was misinterpreted, was the cash in his pocket just for show or what. It seems Limpopo province thrives on corrupt business practices in government and nothing is done to prosecute the culprits.

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-02-10 11:55

    Help me with some petrol money please comrade

  • jmccaffs - 2013-02-10 12:03

    I quote "I have no doubt Mr Motsepe will put his talents and wide experience in his new endeavours to build a better South Africa with a brighter future for all our people," Jacob Zuma said.

      ricardodacosta - 2013-02-10 12:10

      You didn't need a time machine to get that quote from the future huh? We've heard that many times before.

  • sakhile.makhathini.7 - 2013-02-10 12:06

    Mr Motsepe is a blind fool. His defence is working against him. Telling to say if he needs money for petrol was offering bribe. Motsepe aka Mr investigate me is caught in the act. He confessed on the charge of attempting to bribe. The one of a wad of cash being handed out is not proven 4now unless he withdrawn it the same day.

  • david.j.scudder.1 - 2013-02-10 12:09

    Bribery & corruption allegations within the ANC (sometimes proven, sometimes not) happens so regular that it is no longer news.

  • sheik.mohammad.378 - 2013-02-10 12:15

    The last line was enough to convince me of his guilty.........his own words.

  • nuraan.ely - 2013-02-10 12:17

    Lol are you for real so if I need help can I also come.people wake up SA is drowning in lies the very people we vote for is the very people letting us down. All I'm going to say is Let us be the change we want to see so that our childrens children grow up in a true democratic SA

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-10 12:19

    Anyone surprised?. Surely not

  • gary.parker.75839 - 2013-02-10 12:31

    Congrats to the reporter. Much respect to you sir.

  • sifiso.sosibo.10 - 2013-02-10 12:34

    Its the world of palm greasing! If I was the City Press reporter I would thank my ancestors for NOT getting my brains pierced cause that's where our politics' heading since the Info Bill's failing to muzzle the media!

  • john.ferreira.1213 - 2013-02-10 12:36

    Mzwandile, are you putting a feather in the caps of the Citi Press reporters or are you condoning what the MEC did and now warning him for future run ins with the Press reporters? Either way these guys are all corrupt, they have been taught by the master ie Jacob Zuma. What do you think is going to happen to the woman in the latest corruption case in which an amount of R140 million is on the table, I can answer you outright, exactly zilch, nada,niks net mooi F..all. Because palms have already been greased.

  • matthew.patrick.925 - 2013-02-10 12:41

    Was Masondo driving to Cairo?

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-02-10 12:52

    City Press is as good as the DA, they should combine like the ANC and New Age News paper, good verses evil, who will win?

  • sello.r.molefe - 2013-02-10 12:53

    reAding his las defence jus shocked me more than Story

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2013-02-10 13:48

    Mr MEC !!!!! You lying thief you lie!!!!!!!!

  • danie.gerber2 - 2013-02-10 13:53

    It's a shame!! Integrity wins...well done to the reporter!

  • seun.mogotji - 2013-02-10 13:59

    City Press is as good as the DA, they should combine like the ANC and New Age News paper, good verses evil, who will win? Then put Bolsheviks and Conty Lebepe/Mogotji

  • busani.mabunda - 2013-02-10 14:34

    phansi ANC phansi!! pray to god to end this ANC. Pray like we prayed to end appartheid.

  • mcedise.l.buhlungu - 2013-02-10 15:40

    Mr MEC, did you mistake city press for daily sun? You're stupid!

  • sagebrush.bush - 2013-02-10 15:58

    I'm sure he is not the only one doing this out there ..... not by a long shot

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-02-10 16:00

    Just another fraud case driven by greed and the ANC. Shame on you South Africa

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