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Die ANC ondersoek tans self bedrog met ANC-lidmaatskap in vier provinsies, nl. KZN, die Oos-Kaap, Limpopo en Mpumalanga. Luidens 'n berig in Mail & Guardian is glo tot 200 000 ANC-lidmaatskapvorms net in KZN alleen vervals. Ander beweerde voorvalle van bedrog sluit in die gebruik van vals name, die kloon van bankstempels en dat banke met sekere ANC-lede saamspan.

Die moontlikheid van samespanning tussen bankamptenare en ANC-lede word ook ondersoek, asook die “grootmaataankope” van lidmaatskap. Die ANC-leierskonferensie in Desember, waar nuwe leiers verkies sal word, is op die spel, aangesien die grootte van die afvaardigings na die geleentheid gegrond sal word op die geouditeerde lidmaatskapsyfers.

Hierdie mediavrystelling van die DA oor die Vrede Suiwelplaas van Zuma, Magashule & Guptas Inc. som die situaasie uitstekend op.

"Today we are joined by the rightful intended beneficiaries of this project. Daily now we see the faces of the Guptas and Jacob Zuma in the news. But we never see the faces and hear the stories of the direct victims of these schemes. But here with us today are the most direct victims of the corruption and theft of our country’s resources by a small political elite – led by the Guptas and Jacob Zuma.

I stand here today with the residents of the town of Vrede – ordinary South Africans who should have been the direct beneficiaries of this large scale dairy farm which was supposed to fill the fields and the land directly behind us. Today I stand in solidarity with these South Africans, who face the real consequences of state capture by Zuma’s ANC and the Gupta dynasty.

The farm behind us was established in 2013 by the Free State Government, and was set to empower local residents and boost provincial agriculture through the establishment of a large scale dairy farm. The community based project, which targeted 80 intended local beneficiaries, was a joint private-public project between the Free State Department of Agriculture and Gupta-controlled Company, Estina. And that’s when it became clear the project wasn’t about the community of Vrede. It was about the pockets of the Guptas.

From the outset, this project was about self-enrichment. It appeared to be the idea of Mosebenzi Zwane – then MEC of Agriculture – who hails from Vrede. Coincidently, it was put into motion in early 2013 – just months after Zwane and officials from the Free State Department of Agriculture enjoyed a Gupta-funded trip to India in October 2012. This trip included multiple stays at Oberoi Hotels in India and a dinner at the Guptas’ house.

What followed was a clearly corrupt process leading to the Gupta-controlled company Estina “winning” the tender. Following extensive investigations, including one by the National Treasury, we now know that the awarding of the contract to Estina failed to follow many standard practices. These include:

  • The Free State Government failing to follow supply chain procedure when they agreed to fund the project;
  • The absence of any sort of due diligence carried out on Estina or its partnership with Indian Dairy Company, Paras;
  • Funds being deposited directly into Estina’s bank accounts without any verification process as to where the money was being sent; and
  • Estina has been given an upfront amount of R183 950 000 for infrastructure development of the farm without a single cent of their own investment.

The Gupta-controlled Estina still sits with R184 million of public money while the beneficiaries are left penniless. The only beneficiaries have been the Guptas and their ANC stooges. The Guptas ended up funneling money out of the company to launder through their UAE shell corporations, and then bounce back to South African Companies. Much of the money was used to pay for their Sun City wedding.

Some of the beneficiaries have been reported to have sold off their own livestock in anticipation of their participation in this project, but have received no dairy cows. They have told me of their pain and anxiety in waiting for a promise that is clearly never coming. It never was coming. Sadly, it was a lie from the beginning.

Their stories are our stories. We are all being robbed by a captured ANC who have in turn captured the state.

I am here today to tell the people of Vrede that the DA will not stop until justice is served for those who were meant to benefit from this project. And this fight doesn’t start today, it’s been ongoing for some time.

The DA laid a complaint on this matter with the Public Protector, and that report is set to be released in the next 48 hours. I will ensure that those recommendations are implemented without delay, so that those who ought to have benefitted from the Vrede Dairy Farm project are held to account and made to pay for stealing the peoples money.

In addition to this, the DA has taken criminal action against those involved. Last week, DA Shadow Minister of Finance, David Maynier, laid criminal charges against Mosebenzi Zwane, Atul Gupta, Ajay Gupta, Rajesh Gupta, Ronica Ragavan and Kamal Vasram. The charges include:

  • racketeering, money laundering, assisting another to benefit from the proceeds of unlawful activities, and acquiring, possessing or using the proceeds of unlawful activities in terms of the Prevention of Organized Crime Act (No. 121 of 1998); and
  • submitting false, or untrue, tax returns in terms of the Tax Administration Act (No. 28 of 2011).

We will closely monitor the process regarding these charges, and ensure that those who stole money and broke the law are put behind bars. In addition to this, we believe that crimes may have been committed in those other countries through which this money was laundered, particularly the United Arab Emirates. We will therefore be exploring criminal charges against the Guptas in the UAE for money laundering. We believe every possible avenue must be pursued to recover as much of this money as possible for the benefit of the people of Vrede.

I will also be writing to an array of international corruption watchdogs tasked with investigating cross border money laundering, including the Financial Action Task Force, the Financial Intelligence Centre, and the IMF’s Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism Unit, requesting that they launching investigations into this matter.

And lastly, I believe that the intended beneficiaries – who have been forgotten – deserve a voice, and deserve an explanation from those who were involved in profiting at their expense. I have therefore approached Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture, requesting a full public hearing into this matter. Most importantly, we will make sure that these beneficiaries come to Cape Town to testify in Parliament and tell their story to the public hearings. The DA will cover the full cost of this trip.

I have also requested that the Chairperson of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Themba Godi, summon the former Free State MEC of Agriculture, Mosebenzi Zwane, the Premier of the Free State, Ace Magashule, and the current Free State MEC of Agriculture, Oupa Khoabane, and any other implicated individuals to appear before the committee.

Parliament must represent the people, and therefore the Chairperson of the Agriculture Committee must ensure that Parliament’s Constitutional mandate is fulfilled, and these residents be heard are given a voice and a public platform.

Those who steal from the people of South Africa belong in prison, not in power. The DA will continue to do all in its power to hold those in power to account, and seek justice for South Africans – especially the poor and the disadvantaged."

Die Hooggeregshof in Pretoria het pas twee artikels (artikel 24 en artikel 28) van die Vuurwapenbeheerwet ongrondwetlik verklaar en beslis dat alle wettige vuurwapenlisensies wat verval het of binnekort sal verval, geldig sal wees totdat die Grondwethof die artikels hersien het. Die aansoek is gebring deur die SA Jagters- en Wildbewaringsvereniging, wat ook die kostebevel in hul guns gekry het. In die uitspraak is die regering 18 maande gegee om die wet te wysig om aan die grondwetlike beginsels te voldoen. Die uitspraak, wat beteken dat ongeveer 200 000 vuurwapeneienaars of dalk nog meer nou weer wetlik in besit van hulle vuurwapens is, volg na die SAPD se arbitrêre hantering van laat aansoeke vir die hernuwing van vuurwapenlisensies tussen 2011 en 2016. Volgens die SA Jagters- en Wildbewaringsvereniging is hierdie beslissing is nie die einde van die stryd nie, maar die begin om praktiese wetgewing in werking te stel in belang van elke persoon om ‘n vuurwapen te besit.
Gestorwe SABC-joernalis Suna Venter (32) a.g.v. gediagnoseerde stresveroorsaakte hartaantasting is in haar stryd om mediavryheid ontvoer, in die Melville Koppies natuurreservaat aan 'n boom vasgebind en die gras om haar aan die brand gesteek, sy het verskeie doodsdreigemente ontvang, daar is by haar woonstel ingebreek, sy is met 'n windbuks in die gesig geskiet, sy is drie keer aangerand, haar motorremkabels is gesny en haar motorbande is stukkend gesny. Sy was een van die omstrede SABC 8 joernaliste wat deur destydse SABC-bedryfshoof Hlaudi Motsoeneng geskors is omdat hulle nie by sy diktatoriale voorskrifte wou inval nie. Venter as lid van die RSG Monitorverslagspan is later ná regsingryping deur Solidariteit in haar pos herstel, terwyl Motsoeneng uiteindelik weens grootskaalse korrupsie en wangedrag uit die SABC ontslaan is.
Die land steier onder die skokkende ontbloting dat R30 miljoen uit staatsfondse van die Vrystaatse regering deur geldwassery bewimpel is vir die uitspattige en omstrede Gupta-troue in 2013 by Sun City. Uit geopenbaarde eposse blyk dit dat die Vrystaatse regering o.l.v. premier Ace Magashule en voormalige LUR’e vir Landbou Mosebenzi Zwane en Mamiki Qabathe in totaal sowat R114 miljoen betaal het aan Gupta-frontmaatskappye vir die hoogsomstrede suiwelprojek by Vrede. Vandaar is die geld gesmokkel deur 'n ingewikkelde geldwasproses reguit na die sakke van die Guptas en is o.a. R30 miljoen daarvan gebruik om die vierdaelange troue van Vega Gupta en Aakash Jahajgarhia by Sun City te betaal. Vir die troue is o.m. R2,3 miljoen vir serpe, “geleentheidsdienste” van R13,9 miljoen en R13 000 vir sjokoladetruffels betaal. Die DA het nou oor die aangeleentheid kriminele klagte by die SAPD ingedien ingevolge die Wet op Voorkoming en Bekamping van Korrupte Aktiwiteite.
Die prokureur wat vir die Guptas en pres. Jacob Zuma optree, Gert van der Merwe, is betrek by 'n bedrogondersoek van R16 miljoen. Hy is blykbaar 'n gewese beskuldigde wat nou as 'n artikel 204 staatsgetuie vrywaring van vervolging soek. Dit gaan oor onregmatige tenders in Limpopo en na bewering het miljoene rand deur die trustrekening van Van der Merwe gevloei. Daar dien tans 'n hofsaak, terwyl die DA aangedui het dat ook hulle die etiese gedrag van Van der Merwe as prokureur gaan laat ondersoek.
Die totale wanbestuur van die Mangaung Metro Munisipaliteit, wat uitstaande diensteskuld van sowat R4 miljard het en wat Bloem Water minstens R341 miljoen skuld, het daarop uitgeloop dat stakende SAMWU-werkers gister die sierlike en gedenkwaardige Bloemfonteinse stadsaal tot die grond toe afgebrand het. SAMWU staak al vir maande, wat o.a. tot gevolg het dat vullisverwydering in Bloemfontein nie gedoen word nie en die stad grootliks in 'n reuse rommelhoop laat ontaard het. Infrastruktuur in die stad is vervalle en talle dienste word nie gelewer nie, terwyl burgemeester Olly Mlamleli sê blankes is verneukers. SAMWU het die stadsaal afgebrand uit protes teen beweerde ernstige korrupsie by Mlamleli en haar munisipale topbestuur, asook hul beweerde skakeling in slegte gesindheid. Die stadsaal was 'n simbool van die hoë vlak van beskawing waarop Bloemfontein as stad gedurende die vorige eeu ontwikkel het.
In antwoord op 'n Parlementêre vraag blyk dit daar meer as 8 000 Polisievoertuie landswyd is wat nie in werkende toestand is nie. Die meeste is in Gauteng met meer as 2 000 voertuie en in die Oos-Kaap met sowat 1 500. In totaal is daar 48 247 Polisievoertuie in die land, wat beteken dat meer as 16% uit orde is en dat daar slegs een Polisievoertuig beskikbaar is vir elke 5 Polisiebeamptes. Inmiddels is die huidige moordsyfer vir die land 50 moorde per dag, terwyl bereken word dat elke 7 sekondes 'n verkragting plaasvind.

Die DA ondersoek beweringe dat voormalige Eskom HUB Matshela Koko ‘n tender van R1 miljard goedgekeur het vir ‘n maatskappy waarvan sy stiefdogter ‘n direkteur is. Hierdie geval is onder die aandag van Minister van Openbare Ondernemings Lynne Brown gebring en sal dit waarskynlik ingesluit word by die forensiese ondersoek wat Brown gelas het na die toekenning van alle tenders deur Eskom die afgelope jare.

Dit blyk uit inligting in die Gauteng Wetgewer dat die ANC-burgemeester van die Emfuleni Plaaslike Munisipaliteit te Vanderbijlpark, Simon Mofokeng, 'n bedrag van meer as R1,7 miljoen spandeer het op KFC, Nando’s en die Shakespeare Inn Hotel. Voorts het hy buitensporige brandstofeise ingehandig vir sy private motor, alhoewel hy 'n amptelike voertuig tot sy beskikking het. Mofokeng was voorheen burgemeester van Sedibeng Distriksmunisipaliteit waar 'n bedrag van R1,1 miljoen teen sy naam gestaan het vir persoonlike uitgawes.
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