From jailbird to anti-corruption chief: 4 Facts about the ANC's Tony Yengeni

From jailbird to anti-corruption chief: 4 Facts about the ANC's Tony Yengeni

The ANC appointed Tony Yengeni as the chairperson of the ANC’s crime and corruption working group.

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As Briefly.co.za reported earlier, the ANC appointed Tony Yengeni as the chairperson of its crime and corruption working group at the party’s election manifesto workshop, and they have since defended their decision.

Ramaphosa's party received backlash for appointing the convicted fraudster in such a high post, but the ANC believes he is the man for the job.

So, we gathered five facts about the new head of the crime and corruption group:

1. Humble beginnings

Yengeni grew up in the Cape Town townships, where he spent most of his childhood between Gugulethu and Nyanga.

2. Military training

According to the South African, Yengeni joined the ANC's armed wing where he received military training in Botswana and Angola.

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3. ANC career

Yengeni served as the Western Cape's secretary general since the end of apartheid until 2003, when he was forced to step down following a guilty fraud verdict.

However, he regained his ANC membership after serving some time in prison and on Monday Jeff Radebe said he paid his dues to society.

“All the chairs of the working group are members of the NEC. Yes indeed he was found guilty and he served his sentence and paid his dues. The members of the ANC voted him in the NEC. That’s why he’s a member and chairperson of the peace and stability committee.”

4. Yengeni's time in prison

Yengeni was sentenced to four years in prison after he was found guilty of fraud when he accepted a bride to secure a billion-rand arms deal. He was also found guilty of taking a discount on a luxury car during a tender process where he served on the committee.

However, Yengeni only served four months of his four-year sentence.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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