Mpumalanga politician who joined EFF denies ANC ambassador post 'offer'

2016-03-15 11:06
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Mbombela - An Mpumalanga politician who joined the EFF last year has denied that he re-joined the ANC after being promised an ambassador position.

“I’ve heard those silly rumours, but there’s no truth in those things. If they were there, I would have confirmed them," former ANC MP Tseko Taabe said.

Asked if he was still an Economic Freedom Fighters’ member, Taabe would only say that he quit active politics.

“I have simply disengaged in all these things and have taken a conscious decision to go into business and work for myself. You won’t see me in any single programme. I’m doing my things quietly.”

Taabe was found guilty of fraud for his involvement in Parliament’s Travelgate scandal in 2005. MPs colluded with travel agents to submit fraudulent claims. The scam defrauded Parliament of about R17 million.

In March 2005, Taabe and four other ANC MPs pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the Scorpions. Taabe was found guilty of fraud involving R36 000 and sentenced to a fine of R40 000 or one year’s imprisonment. He was handed a further sentence of three years suspended for five years.

Another ANC defector, former Mbombela mayor Isaiah Khoza, was reportedly offered a head of department post to return to the ANC after joining the EFF last year. Khoza referred all questions to his superiors in the EFF.

EFF provincial leader Collen Sedibe said Taabe had left the EFF. He said ANC leaders in Mpumalanga announced recently that they had appointed him as an ambassador.

They promised Khoza the position of head of the health department, but he “rejected their blackmail”, said Sedibe.

Khoza was head of the community safety, security and liaison department before joining the EFF.

ANC provincial spokesperson, Sibusiso Themba, denied that the party made promises to the two politicians.

International Relations Department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said Taabe was not appointed as ambassador to any country.

“If anybody is appointed as an ambassador there would be an announcement. The Constitution of the country is very clear that the president is the only one with the authority to appoint ambassadors,” said Monyela.

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