ANC wants proof of PIC pension corruption claims

2016-01-22 14:30
Bantu Holomisa. (Netwerk24)

Bantu Holomisa. (Netwerk24)

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Pretoria – Lawyers acting for the ANC want proof of alleged corruption involving the party and the Public Investment Corporation from UDM leader Bantu Holomisa.

“We understand that you have either in your possession, or access to information/documentation, upon which you rely to make these unfounded allegations,” reads the letter Brian Kahn Attorneys Inc sent to Holomisa.

It wanted him to provide the documentation so they could “consider” it, pending a possible inquiry by the public protector.

Holomisa lodged a complaint with the public protector on Monday, alleging the PIC had transferred R40m into an account used to pay ANC staff members’ salaries and fund the party's 104th anniversary celebrations. He said the claims came from an anonymous source.

According to a second allegation, R2m was transferred from the PIC account to the Harith Company for the ruling party's benefit in January.

The ANC had said it would co-operate with any investigation and rejected the allegations as false and baseless.  

Holomisa was given until 17:00 on Friday to produce the documents to back the allegations. He referred the lawyers to public protector’s office.

“I have no other option but to view this act as a fishing expedition by someone whose panic mode has reached uncontrollable levels,” said Holomisa.

It smacked of arrogance, disregard for the rights of whistleblowers, and said it bordered on undermining constitutional institutions like the public protector.

“I must make it absolutely clear that such unwarranted intimidation will be resisted at all costs,” he said.

PIC spokesperson Sekgoela Sekgoela said on Wednesday that there was no truth to the claims, but that they would co-operate with an investigation.

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