U.S to possibly investigate top ANC members accused of corruption

U.S to possibly investigate top ANC members accused of corruption

According to reports, the United States will be investigating 3 top African National Congress members about alleged fraud and corruption. The accused were involved with a botched Johannesburg broadband project and allegedly scored millions from it.

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Three high-ranking ANC members are facing possible fraud charges after they allegedly bagged millions from a mismanaged Joburg broadband project

BusinessTech reports that the police are investigating former diplomat Lerema Kekana, The Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Mr Kebby Maphatsoe and Minister of Public Service and Administration Ayanda Dlodlo.

Herman Mashaba met with U.S officials to discuss the fraud allegations, but Rob Mearkle, the U.S embassy's spokesperson did not want to comment on the matter. However, Mashaba stated that the U.S officials will look into whether or not American laws were violated.

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The accused were directors of CitiConnect Communications and worked with multinational telecommunications company Ericsson, as reported on by TimesLIVE.

The project was set to 'go live' in 2013 at a total cost of R600 million, but audits and legal fees pushed the costs up to R1.7 billion.

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Affidavits by city officials and a report by Nexus Forensic Services allegedly indicates that the project leadership went to extremes to accommodate Ericsson which resulted in millions added to expenditure.

Dlodlo admitted she was involved in the project and stated she was under the impression that the project would benefit veterans of Umkhonto we Sizwe.

Briefly.co.za gathered that she also admitted to making R3 million from selling shares but resigned when she joined Parliament.

South Africans are not impressed:

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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