Niehaus not expecting top ANC job

2012-05-03 13:06

Johannesburg - Former ANC spokesperson Carl Niehaus did not claim in a radio interview that he was expecting a top job in the party, his spokesperson said on Thursday.

"He simply confirmed his continued involvement with the ANC," Tonny Sauls said in a statement.

"He stated that it is for the ANC to decide how his skills and ability can be utilised, and that it was not a matter for him to pronounce on."

Sauls said reports stating anything else were a "wilful and deliberate distortion of what he said in the interview".

In an interview with Talk Radio 702 on Wednesday, Niehaus said there would be a job for him within the African National Congress in the near future.

"Soon there will be a formal position, but let the ANC talk about that, not me," he said.

Never been charged

"It is very important to let the ANC talk about ANC positions. All I can say to you is my involvement in the ANC is increasing by the day."

Sauls also criticised the media for referring to Niehaus as a fraudster.

"Mr Niehaus has never been charged nor found guilty of fraud. Neither did he... ever confess to being a fraudster."

In 2009, claims surfaced that he had allegedly engaged in fraud and lied to maintain an expensive lifestyle that left him deeply in debt.

He allegedly lied about obtaining a doctorate, used a fraudulent letter to obtain a loan, and reportedly had default payments and judgments against his name.

At the time, the ANC said he would be "redeployed" within the party, but later said Niehaus had withheld information, and it therefore opted to place him on a leave of absence.

Niehaus resigned following this announcement.

Sauls further said reports of Niehaus borrowing money from senior ANC figures like Tokyo Sexwale, Pallo Jordan, and Cyril Ramaphosa were untrue.

"Mr Niehaus did not borrow any money from these persons, nor did he ever admit to having borrowed money from these persons as is claimed. The three people concerned will be able to confirm this simple fact," he said.

  • QuintSch - 2012-05-03 13:16

    If a tree in the middle of the forest falls over, but nobody hears it, did it actually fall over?

      Alan - 2012-05-03 13:31

      er - or 'did it make a sound'?

      QuintSch - 2012-05-03 15:15

      er ... Alan ... I know that's how it goes but I changed it to emphasise the absurdity of the reasoning of these guys. Ok ... maybe the original would have worked too.

      Alan - 2012-05-03 15:22

      yah I know - he was never 'charged' .. so therefore is not guilty. If a toll road system is implemented, and not too many people object, is it just? If Shabir is released on medical grounds, is he terminally ill?

  • Chrono - 2012-05-03 13:20

    At least we the public can omit the word "alledged" when we write about Carl Niehaus. Of course he is expecting a top job, what else. Give him a job where he can manage tons of dough as he has the necessary experience.

      Alan - 2012-05-03 13:32

      Nah - as Shabir has defied the odds and regained his health, I think he will be a better man for the job.

      Compos - 2012-05-03 14:31

      Imagine Shaik as Minister of Finance and Niehaus as Reserve Bank Gov.

      Alan - 2012-05-03 14:51

      Niehaus has also learned the trick that the ANC has perfected: getting a spokesman to deny everything, no matter what the facts are.

      Alan - 2012-05-03 15:14

      @The other Alan - yeah - evErything that any anc politician utters is written by a Spin Doctor. Who better then than Niehaus?

  • talita.vandermerwe - 2012-05-03 13:21

    Why a spokesperson? Can't he speak for himself?

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-05-03 13:25

      how does an 'alleged' fraudster who was deep in debt manage to afford a spokesperson? or is the spokesperson free? a service provided by the ANC to previously advantaged individuals like Carl? expect Malema to also have a personal spokesperson...

      Sharon - 2012-05-03 13:32

      See what happens when he does speak for himself! If I were him I'd rather keep my mouth shut and let someone else do the talking...

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-05-03 14:58

      It's very convenient, because you never said anything, the spokesman did. So later, if necessary, you can deny anything, also what the spokesman said.

      Alan - 2012-05-03 15:15

      @Sharon .. rumour is that he "Let his fingers do the walking....."

      Herman - 2012-05-03 18:59

      The spokesman was his Mom. She still loves him.

  • Smile - 2012-05-03 13:21

    Niehaus does not have to borrow money from anyone!!! He can steal it from the taxpayers! His "involvement" in the ANC proves it, thats what the ANC does best! VOTE FOR DA!

  • Bennie - 2012-05-03 13:21

    Carl Niehaus, Skills, Fraud, ANC, Spokesperson, deployment - all in the Same story?? I am so happy that I am not dependent on the ANC for my happyness, ANC finds this ''wigger '' worthy of their employment material ?? Alan Boesak gets promoted. Seems like criminal records/and being a THug is a pre requisite for ANC - this is like a degree or diploma in normal life.

      Phillie - 2012-05-03 15:05

      No matter if you are lower than drainscum and a bottom feeder in society you will always have a job in the anc JUST NEVER ever insult jz because then you are O.U.T.

  • roberta.keeling - 2012-05-03 13:25

    He was never convicted? OK so that makes him innocent? Why doesn't he sue all those people that thought differently? I seem to recall him tearfully saying he was sorry! But - he'll fit in well with the present ANC stucture!

  • Aaron - 2012-05-03 13:26

    "Mr Niehaus has never been charged nor found guilty of fraud. Neither did he... ever confess to being a fraudster." RUBBISH. He admitted everything: "Tearful Niehaus admits fraud" - That he was not charged raises huge question marks and certainly does not mean he is "innocent".

      E - 2012-05-03 16:48

      Thanks Aron ... don't you just love archives? It's called 'evidence'!!

      E - 2012-05-03 16:49

      oops, sorry, Aaron ...

      Herman - 2012-05-03 19:02

      Always so nice when someone actually has the FACTS to refute the rubbish that the ANC "spokesmen" want us to believe. Well done Sir!

  • Anton - 2012-05-03 13:32

    Why does he have a spokesman when he is not even employed by the ANC. Since when does an unemployed broke member of public have a spokesman? Anyway he lied on John Robbie's show about paying back his debts, he has paid nothing back. He really is a truly REVOLTING individual.

  • Thando - 2012-05-03 13:37

    So th former spokesman has his own spokesman..........

  • paul.coetzee1 - 2012-05-03 13:40

    I see no reason why he should not be welcomed with open arms into the first class coach on the gravy train. I know it is a "closed club" but if you have been charged with one of fraud, rape, corruption, lying or live a lifstyle beyond your means,then you qualify to become an elite comrade. Enjoy the ride Carl.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-05-03 15:06

      Do not apply for a place on the gravy train if you have any of the following qualities: Honesty, integrity, intelligence, friendliness, kindness, clean criminal record, willingness to work and help others.

  • Christopher - 2012-05-03 13:49

    He has all the basic skills, history and requirements to become an ANC member of parliament.

  • konanani.nesamvuni - 2012-05-03 13:50

    DA is busy recruiting blacks in rural areas also in squatacamps . Is the anc go to recruit the whites to their places ?

      Smile - 2012-05-03 14:13

      Yeah, I saw them driving past my place once during the last elections... they were in a motorcade of Mercedes, with ANC bows around them. They were also followed with by ansmall truck with a poster advertising Heineken. Though, I think they were headed towards an informal settlement.

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-03 13:59

    Please crawl back into your hole Niehaus ... we have enough ANC riff raf to contend with ...

  • joy.termorshuizen - 2012-05-03 14:17

    REVOLTING man!

  • Patrick - 2012-05-03 14:22

    This defies even the most basic logic. If Cretin Carl was not guilty of fraud,never lied about obtaining a doctorate,never used a fraudulent letter to obtain a loan nor have default payments and judgements against his name, why was he: 1. Initially redeployed by the ANC & then resign shortly thereafter? The sickest aspect amidst this scumbags long list of greed and dishonesty is that he has a spokesperson! The only reason the ANC did not press fraud charges against him was that they ( the ANC) did not want to lose face in the public eye by exposing one of their own for what he was and still is. His comment on radio that he had paid all his debts has since been refuted by Derrick Hanekom, an ANC heavyweight, as well as by a lady whose travel agency is still owed R80K by this low life slug. How can you tell when Carl Niehaus is lying? Answer: When his lips are moving!

  • Tshiamo - 2012-05-03 14:33

    That's how comrades ask for deployment - "politely"; just like the struggle for the ANC Presidency. "If people want i won't hesitate"

  • lisa.evansdominick - 2012-05-03 14:36

    but he did go on a trip to mauritius for him and his whole family and never paid for that. That is fraud and theft. he is also a liar. let him stay where he is, the government has enough criminals it does not need another one

  • Loo - 2012-05-03 14:36

    NO TOP JOB ??? Geez dude why not ,, many criminals get top ANC jobs, why not you. After all you earned your title as criminal just as hard as any of the other crims in the ANC. GO for Minister at least dude

  • Andrew - 2012-05-03 14:38

    Yeah more ANC lies trying to cover the level they lower themselves to. He is really well qualified in the ANC;s book and everyone else's who understands the corrupt ANC for a top job. Perhaps he should become minister of finance????

  • Michaele - 2012-05-03 14:40

    If you are short of cash go to right bank, the ATB (ANC TAXPAYERS BANK). No interest charged, cash readily available, only payback terms are if you are caught you are suspended with pay. Much better than Steve's bank!!

      Alan - 2012-05-03 15:17


  • Gladstone - 2012-05-03 14:44

    For the first time, South Africans are one against the gorvenment. Mzantsi Spring?

  • marcus.visser1 - 2012-05-03 14:49

    I heard the interview and Niehaus is again lying through his teeth as he always does...he also said that he has paid his debts but this also is not true...politician speaks with forked tongue!

  • Tshepo - 2012-05-03 14:52

    He did. Interview was live on John Robbie Show 702.

  • Gavin - 2012-05-03 14:52

    and yet another ANC cousin returns to the fold - no surprise here. if there's one thing you have to admire about the cANCer party its the loyalty it shows towards all the dishonest members who get caught, have to 'leave' for a while then rejoin the gravy train - allllllll aboard toot toot - next stop: nationalisationville.

      Alan - 2012-05-03 15:16

      Shabir come to mind..???

  • Theunis - 2012-05-03 15:21

    Conman - if you where not protected by the ANC you would be rotting in goal.

  • Ian - 2012-05-03 16:49

    Niehaus has all the credentials the ANC need - staight as a corkscrew

  • Herman - 2012-05-03 18:53

    In a democracy with an independent legal justice system these comments (innocent until proven guilty) might mean something but in the banana republic of south Africa it could mean anything and quite possibly that you are connected (and Protected) by the Alliance for Nepotism and Corruption aka the ANC. Ask Zuma,Mdluli, Selebi (until Zuma replaced Mbeki and he lost his protection)Malema (until he annoyed the ANC leadership and lost his protection),Niehaus etc. etc. ect. ect. Niehaus is an ideal candidate for a top position within the ANC. He laready knows the ropes and has proven himself not to be overly troubled by issues pertaining to morality or integrity. Seems like he is even stupid enough to want to lie about what he said in a RECORDED(!) interview. Prime ANC leadership material!

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