ANC distances itself from Pikoli claims

2012-05-25 20:00

Johannesburg - The ANC knows nothing about claims that former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Vusi Pikoli was pressurised by "unnamed people in the ANC" to resign from his job at an auditing firm.

"The ANC doesn't know about anything written there," African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said of the claims made in a report in the Mail&Guardian.

"Who are those unnamed people, tell me who they are?" he asked.

He said the newspaper article was about the government and had nothing to do with the ANC.

"If you read further, there you will see it is government related, so why would we comment on something government related?

"Why don't you guys approach that government department? Don't approach us on this. Don't make us the scapegoat."

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 he did not leave.

Pikoli, who was at one time a shareholder, a director and a partner in forensic investigations at the firm, confirmed to the newspaper that he was unemployed.

"I was told [in February] 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 left the firm in the middle of March.

He said its chairwoman Nonkululeku Gobodo refused to name "the ANC people" who had raised objections to his employment.

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

SNG's biggest contract is with Transnet. An external auditing contract of its size - R300m - has never before been awarded to a 100% black-owned company.

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba dismissed the claims as a "malicious rumour". Transnet also denied Pikoli's version.

Gigaba's spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete said the minister had merely implemented a 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 disassociate themselves from any of its employees or associates," Tshwete told the newspaper.

"Allegations to the contrary are false and malicious."

  • Michele - 2012-05-25 20:15

    Of course nobody will know anything. . . ., and as long as the company directors say nothing then that is the way it's going to stay. Case of word against word, in my book Mr Pikoli's word carries much more weight, he is an honourable and decent man.

  • Andrew - 2012-05-25 20:35

    Typical lying ANC bastards. Thats all they can do is steal and lie.

      Christopher - 2012-05-27 02:20

      Andrew...what is... is what is.This government is what you mention, thieves and liars,it's what they do.Just look at how nearly every government official is trying their hardest to remain calm!:) they screwed...they blaming everyone besides themselves, and gradually they are screwing, but a better word is imploding within their party, organization whatever you want to call it, because South Africans ask questions? They did not realise we have thoughts and a weird thing is that we do. We are not like any other african country, we have dynamics and intellectual people at the helm of businesses that make this country what it is...If we hadn't we would already have been a "zimbabwe"

  • MefrouwPoefparra - 2012-05-25 21:13

    Jackson, the ANC is the government. Get it?

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-05-26 05:23

      Jackson is not the brightest street lamp in the street

  • Sharon - 2012-05-25 21:18

    I just love how the first reaction is always to deny everything. It is so predictable - allegation, denial - without fail!

      Alf - 2012-05-25 21:24

      First denial - then slamming the press that reports were taken out of context - then find a way to play the race card, even if they don't play with a full deck!

      Press - 2012-05-25 21:53

      I am not surprised one bit they dont know anything . . . the supposition has sofar held true for most anything . .

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-26 05:38

      deny deny deny and when caught out tell the world you were misquoted

  • esme.jansen - 2012-05-25 21:34

    Where is SpykerMay?

  • Arthur - 2012-05-25 22:04

    Go to the CCMA like the rest of us mere mortals have to do.

  • Daniel - 2012-05-25 23:37

    Hopefully, if they carry on the way they are - the government and the ANC WILL be 2 different things. Besides - they seem to have little interest in governing... only in the spoils

  • Ernest - 2012-05-26 02:35

    how many times those guys distance themselves somebody pleas tell me

      Fussed - 2012-05-27 07:12

      These anc guys have distanced them self so much they trying to run sa from china

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-26 05:29

    "ANC distances itself from Pikoli claims" Well, that's a start. Now they can distance themselves from South Africa. The further, the better.

  • Vince.York - 2012-05-26 07:22

    HOW can this firm be allowed to continue trading if they are allowing themselves to be coerced like this? Is there ZERO ethical accounting body in SA monitoring this and taking action against the firm AND chair person Gobodo?

      Fidel - 2012-05-27 12:16

      R300 million carries a lot of weight!

  • Johann - 2012-05-26 08:48

    These cretins got no more credibility ,they are what they are the black mafia that's they way they operate ,they are nothing more than vermin.

  • Johnnie - 2012-05-26 10:29

    Did anybody think the ANC would admit?. They are always "not quilty". Sorry Mr. Pikoli, you backed the wrong horse many, many years ago. The ANC stopped being the ANC when Mr. Mandela left.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-26 13:27

    Deny & lie (and bully & blackmail) is the modus operandi & hallmark of the ANC !! Pikoli my mate..EXPOSE THE ANC FOR WHAT THEY ARE!Take a leaf from Malema's book...AND F*CK EM GOOD !!

  • confrontation61 - 2012-05-26 21:33

    Wherever Vusi was going to put his signature on a forensics Audit report, people were going to be suspicious whether the report were genuine for he has so many who really wanted him out of action. Imagine from Mbeki administration and now JZ hardworking Comrades he rolled them all during his time in power. Lawlence Mushwana must be sorry for his former adversory. Its tough my Brother. Start your own Political Party with Juju. You will survive.

  • peter.boettger - 2012-05-27 04:21

    And they have the cheek to throw stones at the Previous Goverment .God they are ROTTEN to the core

  • Colin Nelson - 2013-10-21 16:48

    Of course they distance themselves from the truth as a matter of policy;;;;

  • Colin Nelson - 2013-10-21 17:07

    deja voo deleted again;

  • Bluecranechick - 2013-10-21 17:28

    Jackson Mthembu is a puppet and a clown,not even his own people take him seriously.

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