Gwede Mantashe took media on a tour of his homes over the weekend to clear up allegations that BOSASA had done R300 000 worth of security upgrades for him. The ANC chair maintains that the upgrades had cost less than R10 000, not the alleged R300 000.
ANC Chairman Gwede Mantashe is adamant that security upgrades at his properties had cost less than R10 000 far lower than the alleged R300 000.
Briefly.co.za had reported yesterday that the chair had taken media on a tour of his three properties in an effort to prove his point.
This had followed allegations at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture that a team sent by BOSASA had installed the upgrades including electric fencing and boom gates.
Speaking to attendants, Mantashe had maintained that nothing had been removed prior to the tours, saying:
“We don’t have fences; we have no electric fencing; we have no intercoms; we have no alarm systems. We have cameras. I’m not going to remove things. I have no reason to remove things because it was not theft. It was not corruption, and it was not a favour, because I had no tenders to give to anybody, including Bosasa."
I will tell you that the ones that we bought ourselves was R10 000 just under R10 000; we round it up to R10 000. The additions here jump from R10 000 to R300 000 …. (that) would be quite a big jump. This is simple upfront straightforward honest evidence that I’m giving.”
Mzonke Nyakaza, former head of security for the chair, had said that he had installed security upgrades after break-ins at Mantashe's Boksburg home:
“As a person who is responsible for security, I took a decision to install cameras. I bought the cameras for around R10 000 and brought them at home. When I was still trying to get someone who will be able to install the cameras – because I don’t know how to install them – then the following day Papa came to the house and when he saw the cameras, he said these are very weak cameras. I am able to get proper cameras that ‘you can be able to see a proper view.’ Actually I’ve asked, how much are these cameras? He said to me, ‘don’t worry! I’ll pay for these cameras from my own pocket. I’m a family friend here I am be able to do that,’”
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