ANC officials accused of bribery plot

2011-11-29 18:11

Cape Town - Criminal charges are to be laid against seven Western Cape ANC officials accused of being a part a plot code-named Project Reclaim, the Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday.

"Project Reclaim appears to be a co-ordinated attempt to bribe DA ward councillors to give up their seats and stand for the ANC in the by-election triggered by their resignation," provincial DA leader Theuns Botha said.

"The results of a five-month DA investigation are contained in a dossier that we will personally be handing to the SA Police Service [on Tuesday] afternoon as evidence to be used in a criminal investigation," he told reporters at Parliament.

The evidence suggested that soon after suffering sweeping defeats in the 2011 municipal elections, the provincial ANC leadership compiled a "hit list" of councillors in strategic Western Cape local councils.

It targeted 11 DA and 16 non-DA councillors in eight municipalities, he said.


Botha cited, among others, DA Bitou councillor Nevelle de Waal who was approached six times within a week of the 2011 election by "a number of individuals linked to the ANC".

"Nevelle de Waal was offered the equivalent of five years of a councillor's salary in cash [about R900 000] and 'any position' he wants if he resigns and runs on an ANC ticket in the ensuing by-election."

Breede Valley DA councillor Thobile Dyonta "was offered the equivalent of two months’ salary and a position as the council’s community safety officer in exchange for resigning his seat".

Bergrivier DA councillor Dirk Adams "was offered a 'higher position' in the ANC and benefits from construction tenders for projects the national government was planning to implement in Wittewater".

Saldanha DA councillors Olwene Daniels, Elize Steyn, Sucilla van Tura, and Ryan Don "were offered 'positions' in the ANC and their share of 'millions of rands' due to be 'released by the national government'”.


Botha said the ANC’s "attempts to bribe these councillors" fell flat.

These DA councillors recorded all interactions with those attempting to bribe them and reported the incidents to the party leadership.

Any councillor who accepted bribes or attempted to bribe others was in breach of Section 7 of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act. This legislation prohibits the bribery, both attempted and successful, of municipal councillors.

"The DA will therefore lay charges against all those we suspect have broken the law.

"It is unlikely that any of these ANC councillors and affiliates would have acted without instructions to do so from the ANC provincial leadership. And so we will expect any police investigation to ascertain on whose orders they were acting.

"We challenge ANC provincial leader Marius Fransman to publicly and categorically deny that he had anything to do with Project Reclaim," Botha said.

Fransman, who is attending the United Nations' 17th Conference of Parties summit in Durban, was not immediately available for comment.

However, the Cape Argus quoted him as having said the ANC would not "buy over anyone".

"People join the ANC voluntarily, based on conviction. We are against councillors being given any sort of money - that's a non-starter for us in the Western Cape leadership."

Regarding the document itself, Fransman said: "I would want the document to see if it was manufactured by the DA."

  • Impi - 2011-11-29 18:25

    LOL. Why is the ANC so obsessed with Cape Town? They have corrupted the rest of our country, surely that is enough? Maybe not. Cape Town must be a huge thorn in their flesh. I should go live there. Sounds like the right place for me.

      Christelle - 2011-11-29 18:41

      Apparantly I do have a place to come back to. And Impi, let us bury the hatchet - I think you and I got onto the wrong foot unnecessarily

      Impi - 2011-11-29 18:45

      @Christelle. Sorry, I owe you an apology. I was beyond horrible that night and very frustrated with some of the comments and then took it out on you. Big sorry!

      Piet - 2011-11-29 18:47

      Real simple really. The Western Cape is an embarrassment to the ANC. The ANC don’t like to be shown how things could work or are supposed to work and this by minorities of all things. The ANC can’t handle comparisons between itself and the DA. Cape town winning awards is just salt in the wounds of the ANC. Over and above this the ANC wants to steal it all. They can’t wait to get their corrupt thieving hands on the Western Cape.

      Christelle - 2011-11-29 18:48

      They are obsessed with Cape Town and their councillors because of the constant economic growth in the area, and.....they will get well informed staff who do not need any training (cheap accusition)

      Hugh - 2011-11-29 18:49

      Ag shame Racial_Inequality_OverUnderprivileged get over it an work around your promlem with hard thinking and understanding of current affairs.

      Alfred - 2011-11-29 18:49

      Hang on a second there Intellectually_Underprivileged, are you saying that when you get caught cheating it's STILL the white man's fault? Hahaha! Sorry numbnuts, all guilt and sympathy for you criminally incompetent imbeciles dried up years ago. I think you've turned many a decent black man's face red with such an utterly laughable pile of twaddle.

      Christelle - 2011-11-29 18:51

      You know, we are all awfully tensed about the situation in the country, and we spark very easily - but we should always try and keep a little humor:-) And it is fine - I have posted stuff regularly and deleted it immediately because I was being a B%^ch and honestly - that is not me:-(

      Lara - 2011-11-29 18:53

      No Frikkie, I enjoy the guy with the long name. He's good fun. White guilt will soon have the start two millenia ago.

      The Real Unskinny - 2011-11-29 19:11

      Lets not forget, the numberless ball smacks the 8 ball all over the table.

  • Kate - 2011-11-29 18:35

    Busted, you Maaifoedies's. Go bribe your own kind, they good at taking them!!

      Impi - 2011-11-29 18:49

      @Kate. Imagine this scandal. If you are prepared to buy votes, when do you start rigging the votes?

      Kate - 2011-11-29 18:57

      Anything is possible in SA Impi. Just look at the last couple of years. The fraud, bribery and corruption is way out of control. My motto is "Who is watching the watchers"

      Heinrich - 2011-11-29 21:12

      Kate : Forgot the pre-paid? Where de lights gone?

      johnkk - 2011-11-29 22:43

      You start rigging the votes when you start loosing, "coming soon to a voting station near you"...

  • Sharon - 2011-11-29 18:43

    Bla bla bla. You did this and he did that. When is this crap EVER going to STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Does nobody actually care about the man on the street. Forget about bloody colour and build this country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Kate - 2011-11-29 18:47

      Well said Sharon

      Sharon - 2011-11-29 18:55

      Shame R_I_O Maybe you must get some glasses. You still use an outside toilet also? Get with it. Your type also getting boring now. Visit Mugabe.

      boatmedic - 2011-11-29 19:28

      Hey!! Racial_Inequality blah blah blah blah!!!! You have a copy/paste button on all sites!! well done. You can read and write!! While you are searching for BS, try and stumble on the farmers of SA and the decline in production since farms were GIVEN to YOU!!!! Why is it that when you get something for FREE mahala, U still cant work with it. Get of the network and go and search for a betterment in yourself. It has been almost 20 years..... Stop looking for excuses and start admitting to your cANCer failure.

      Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-06 12:54

      Trolling hard.

  • Hugh - 2011-11-29 18:47

    Could the threat/suggestion for the removal of parliment to PTA be an ANC voting ploy.

  • Heinrich - 2011-11-29 19:20

    A great deal of the country's woes are directly caused by political parties. We have ample examples of the misery this archaic system leads to. Who put these chains around us? Should we forever grovel at the feet of self serving politicians? I think it is time to get rid of all political parties. Local government-go geographical. The wards chose their own municipal officers. Based on published CV's. Hire and fire locally. Monitor performance locally. Parliamentarians-also go geographical. Magisterial district population chooses MP from their own ranks. They appoint and recall MP's. They ask questions and demand answers.Locals tell MP's how to vote. Not Party. Ministers-Take the quality route. Fraternity chooses leadership. This means: Education, Health, Agriculture, Science&Technology,Arts& Culture, Sport,etc. each chooses ministers out of their fraternity. These could perhaps be recommended by fraternity and hired/fired by independent National President, who is chosen by the people through a national process. No party. In short: Political parties should be abolished and we should be freed from the artificial constraints Parties bring along. Only then will we start growing together as a nation.

      Impi - 2011-11-29 19:50

      @Heinrich. I like this system of yours. The President I would choose is Patricia De Lille. I really like that Gogo. She takes no cr@p from anybody and this country would be a far better place. Your system makes a lot of sense, because as we all sit here, we have no idea what these morons are doing to our future. I really like this!

      Heinrich - 2011-11-29 19:59

      Thanks, Impi. My personal favourite is Redi. All the right qualities in good balance.

      Helmut - 2011-11-29 20:13

      @Heinrich You are the only one who and makes sense in this debate.

      johnkk - 2011-11-29 22:54

      Heinrich I could not agree with you more. If each ward voted for an MP who represented the people and not a party, we would achieve so much more, as GOV would then serve the MP (the people) and not be focused on their parties ambitions.

      tacod - 2011-11-30 08:51

      I fully agree with you, also the ward councilors must stay in the area that they are voted for and not outside the ward. As soon as they move residence, they lose their seat and a new ward councilor must be elected, this way the councilors will work towards improving the area they live in. Parties should also not be able to influence tenders as the tenders should be scrutinized by the ward councilors that the tender will affect to ensure transparency. This attempt at bribing their way into power in the Western Cape just show again how low politics are on the ethic food chain. Lucky that they recorded the interactions.

  • Larry - 2011-11-29 19:35

    Typical ANC. They firmly believe that Bribery, Corruption and Fraud are the way to go. Question is, how far up the food chain does it go, in this instance.

  • Helmut - 2011-11-29 19:58

    @RIOU I think you overstayed you welcome with your drivel

  • TheWatcher - 2011-11-29 22:34

    I'm not surprised... anybody else surprised?

      Anthony - 2011-11-30 13:45


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