ANC councillor 'sold' land to church

2011-12-08 22:49

Johannesburg - An ANC ward councillor has been suspended for six months after the confirmation of allegations of an illegal land sale, the Johannesburg ANC said on Thursday.

The allegations were confirmed to the African National Congress in a report by the city's integrity commissioner and council's ethics committee, spokesperson Jolidee Matongo said.

The Johannesburg ANC apologised to the Together As One Church of Christ after councillor Godfrey Thabo Nkhasi allegedly illegally sold it land in Diepkloof for R15 000 in 2008.

The church had questioned the validity of receipts and letters purportedly confirming the land transfer.

It later received an anonymous call warning it to stop building on the land or someone would be killed, Matongo said.

Nkhasi told the church he would look into the matter, but a few weeks later said the land could no longer be transferred and gave the church its money back.

Disciplinary charges

The church had already bought about R11 000 worth of building materials, but Nkhasi never repaid it for this.

The church laid a complaint with the Democratic Alliance early in 2011 and the case was taken to the Johannesburg metropolitan council.

It was handed over to the ethics committee and the city's integrity commissioner which decided to suspend Nkhasi for six months without pay.

The ANC Johannesburg region said it would bring disciplinary charges against Nkhasi in the next few days.

These would include bringing the party into disrepute. More charges could be added later, Matongo said.

He said a proper disciplinary process would begin in the next few days and the ANC hoped to conclude the matter by January 30.

"We want to make it clear that the ANC will follow all its internal procedures and give Nkhasi the opportunity to present his case in a fair and unbiased environment, whilst upholding the principle that in the ANC everyone is innocent until proven guilty."

Matongo said if Nkhasi was found guilty, the ANC would use this case to set an example for others not to fall into the same trap.

  • Godfrey - 2011-12-08 23:06

    What about criminal charges in a court of law, or has anc disciplinary process become above the law. Would they allow a DA or COPE councillor the same "internal party" process???

      J-Man - 2011-12-09 08:01

      My thoughts exactly! He sold land (that didn't belong to him - stealing) to someone else ILLEGALLY!!! - FRAUD! This is not a ANC matter - its a matter for the police and courts! Who do these people think they are??

      Niekie - 2011-12-09 08:32

      Hahahaha! Just another anc corrupt tsotsi rubbish! anc has no moral compass, finish and klaar! A bunch of self-enriching fools, all of them!

      Newsreader - 2012-01-23 08:32

      Another typical day in teh life of the ANC!

  • Dave - 2011-12-08 23:10

    Should be charged with fraud-- in criminal court.

  • tobydt - 2011-12-09 00:11

    ANC discipiplinary process? No, no, no. He has to stand before a judge. The ANC is not the court of law, its interfering in government matters if it thinks it can just discipline a corrupt member.

      Henk - 2011-12-09 06:56

      He should at least be fired and criminally charged. What is this "supension" worth? In six months he will be back with another scam.

  • TheWatcher - 2011-12-09 00:48

    The ANC disciplinary process is a farce. This should be handled in the courts. Send the man to jail and make him pay back the money the church wasted because of his greed. And well done to that church for questioning the documentation. Personally I think you should have reported it to the DA sooner but at least you did and you deserve some credit for that.

  • Sterling - 2011-12-09 05:13

    This person should have had criminal placed against him for corruption.

  • Lord - 2011-12-09 07:44

    Wow, suspended without pay, I think that's a first.

      steve.dupreez - 2011-12-09 08:07

      Your alias, if written back-to-front and read in afrikaans, means turd. your comment is far from turdish tho. Remember - the accused will always have his tender moneu :)

      sesom - 2011-12-09 10:00

      Thats for sure.. Now he only gets a holiday.

  • Lynn - 2011-12-09 08:12

    Why is this man not in jail.

  • Kyle - 2011-12-09 08:19

    stupid clown.........they should fire he's black corrupt @ss.......just like a, robbing churches, should be stoned to death by the community.....

  • ana.curcic - 2011-12-09 08:21

    Suspended for six months????????????? what a joke.

  • Nigel - 2011-12-09 08:31

    seems that suspension for treason & fraud is enough for the ANC, what about jail, the ANC is utterly corrupt & are fast becoming the scum of Africa, worse than the Nats.

      Blade - 2011-12-09 10:00

      What was wrong with the Nats?

      Grant Montgomery - 2014-03-02 22:23

      Lets not forget that the Nats betrayed the trust of the electorate and gave us the ANC.

  • mastermindpete - 2011-12-09 09:33

    And I suppose the arrogant knuckle dragger will get full back pay after suspension - by the way Thuli Madonsela, got any idea how many fully paid up useless ANC-pf cadres are on fully paid suspension holidays? I reckon it must be in the thousands by now !!! Alootin Never Ceases !!!

  • sefeddt - 2011-12-09 09:33

    Where is the SACP in all this. They were very vocal about the DA in Midvaal, calling them the most corrupt councillor's. Here we have silence from them as it involves one of their alliance members.

  • Fhatuwani - 2011-12-09 10:09

    He probably sold the land to a nigerian national Pastor John Okwenkepo. Useless ANC deployee.

  • tacod - 2011-12-09 12:24

    This ward councilor should have been fired and not suspended for six months. See the penalties for committing fraud in south africa.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-09 12:58

    Oh give it a break!! What punishment is there in being suspended on full pay???? Its always some internal investigtion cr@p with the anc,thats why these rotten to the core councilors/politicians constantly get away with this type of behaviour! They nurture these creeps!!!!!!!

  • KCorsar - 2012-01-22 23:47

    suspended, is that all, even without pay that's not good enough. I do hop the statement 'more charges could be added later' includes the opening of acriminal case with the SAPS. Maybe the church should step up and act like a responsible citizen in this matter, whether they got their money back or not doesn't change the fact that a crime was committed. internal processes are one thing, criminal activity is another. Nobody is above the law.

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