A businessperson who is trying to reclaim R500 000 from ANC member of Parliament Bernice Swart, believes that she is being protected by the party after his complaints landed on deaf ears.
Tuwani Mulaudzi deposited the money into Swarts’ account in 2013, which he thought was an ANC account, towards the governing party’s 2014 elections campaign.
The money did not reach the party’s coffers. Mulaudzi said that Swarts and Gauteng Film Commission chief executive officer, Andile Mbeki, approached him in Waterkloof Ridge in Pretoria when they asked for a donation on behalf of the party.
Mulaudzi has since he lodged complaints with National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise, who referred the matter to ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina.
He also sent the same complaint to ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule and party’s integrity commission chairperson George Mashamba.
Majodina has said she referred the matter to the ANC.
Mulaudzi said that Swarts disappeared and his hopes of getting back his money were revived when he saw her on TV being sworn in as an MP.
The integrity commission this week denied receiving Mulaudzi’s complaint despite an email and WhatsApp messages he sent to Mashamba.
Uriel Abrahamse, who serves in the commission’s secretariat, said: “There is no record of the complaint having been filed with the integrity commission.”
“What a lie,” Mulaudzi said. “I have sent numerous correspondences to Mashamba followed by one reminder after the other.”
City Press has seen such correspondences and WhatsApp messages.
“My sense is she is clearly being protected because she is in the ‘right’ camp or faction,” said Mulaudzi.
Swarts hit the headlines when it was reported that she had received R16 million from an account linked to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s CR17 campaign for the ANC leadership.
Mulaudzi has shown City Press WhatsApp messages in which Chris Ackeer in Magashule’s office confirmed that Majodina had submitted a report.
Such a report, said Ackeer, was still going to be processed and tabled before relevant committees.
Majodina told City Press that after verifying facts from both Mulaudzi and Swarts, her findings were that no money was received by the ANC.
Majodina said that all transfers that Mulaudzi made went to Swarts’ bank account.
Modise, via WhatsApp, told Mulaudzi: “The matter is with the Parliament committee. It’s not the ANC. All parties are there. As Parliament we won’t comment until they give us a report. I can’t speak for the ANC. They may be quiet because they just don’t know anything and therefore want to leave the matter to the police and Parliament to deal with … they can’t discipline [her] when other bodies are busy with the matter.”
Mulaudzi said that he did not know what to do.
“All the people who are supposed to deal with the matter are blocking or frustrating it,” he said.