Fikile Mbalula, ANC elections head and former sports minister, has revealed that the loan from Sedgars has been repaid and that he will be challenging the Public Protectors finding against him
ANC elections head Fikile Mbalula has taken leave to consult with lawyers to prepare for challenging the findings of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the ANC has granted the elections head leave to address the findings detailed in Mkhwebane’s report which found that he had violated the Constitution as well as the Executive Ethics Act.
In a response to the findings, Mbalula has said the Public Protectors findings against him had been ‘unsubstantiated and prejudicial’.
He went on to explain that he had loaned the nearly R700 000 from a ‘friend of 20 years’ in order to cover the Dubai holiday.
Mbalula also revealed that he has since repaid the loan from Sedgars, headed by Yusuf Dockrat.
"I consider it regrettable that [Mkhwebane] has chosen to make the adverse findings against me. It has now become necessary for me to consider challenging the findings in a court of law," Mbalula said.
Whilst the Public Protector has not recommended any remedial action against the ANC official, the National Prosecuting Authority has been ordered to investigate whether the funds had been the proceeds of money-laundering.
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