ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula has laid crimen injuria charges against business executive Mthunzi Mdwaba on Thursday.
The case opened on Thursday at the Sandton police station, follows up on allegations by Mdwabe, the CEO of Thuja Holdings, that Mbalula and three ANC ministers solicited a bribe of up to R500-million. The matter, reported in Sunday World this week, involved Thuja and the UIF’s 750,000 jobs deal.
“Today on 9th November, I have exercised my constitutional right to human dignity.
Mthunzi Mdwaba was reportedly under investigation by the Department of Labour and Employment for attempting to redirect funds of the South Africans put there by hard working South Africans to his own private company,” Mbalula said in a statement issued on behalf of the ANC.
“Instead of addressing the allegations against him, Mthunzi Mdwaba elected to mount a slanderous campaign against ministers and myself and by extension oldest liberation movement in Africa, the African National Congress.
“Owing to my elected position an allegation against me impugns not just my family name but the immediate institution I am associated, [the ANC].
“In the South African political parlance it has become too easy to soil one another with the corruption tag. Corruption eats away at the very important gains of democracy, it defers the dreams of the entire nation, black and white.
“I have opened a case of crimen injuria against Mr Mdwaba today because I want to make a clear statement on behalf of my family and the African National Congress. Let us encourage those with evidence of corruption to come forward and when they do so we must protect them.
‘I pointed out the Gupta problem’
“I have never supported corrupt activities in fact I am the first person to stand up in an NEC meeting and point out that we have a Gupta problem. My name will not be associated with corruption, renewal demands of us to take these allegations seriously to a point where we must not tolerate attempts to make light of corruption.”
Mbaluala added: “As a law-abiding citizen of our country, having unconditional trust in our justice system and our law enforcement agencies, accompanied by my lawyers came to the Sandton Police Station, to lay a charge of Crimen Injuria, defeating the ends of justice as well as contravention of section 34 (4) of PRECCA (Prevention and combating of Criminal Activities Act).
“The law requires and compels any person who holds a position, who knows or ought reasonably to have known or suspected that any other person has committed an offence (of corruption) in terms of sections 3 to 16 or 20 to 21 of PRECCA or theft, fraud, extortion, forgery or uttering of a forged document involving an amount of R100 000 (hundred thousand rand) or more, must report such knowledge or suspicion or cause such knowledge or suspicion to be reported to DPCI.
“I have this morning instructed my lawyers to send a letter of demand to Mthunzi Mdwaba. Should he fail to retract all his malicious and defamatory statements about me, my legal team will approach our courts to compel him and seek appropriate relief.”
This is a developing story.
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