- Jan Venter, who used to serve as David Mabuza's messenger, has laid criminal charges against him
- Venter denies that he is out to discredit Mabuza with his legal action
- Mabuza is now facing charges of corruption, bribery and money laundering
Jan Venter has denied any vendetta against deputy president David Mabuza after laying criminal charges against the politician.
IOL reports that the former messenger has denied any hidden agenda motivating his charges of corruption, bribery and money laundering against Mabuza.
Instead, Venter says he wants the truth about the former Mpumalanga premier to be heard by South African courts.
Venter has accused Mabuza of paying him R2.5 million under the table in exchange for doing his dirty work.
This allegedly includes lying under oath against ANC veteran Mathews Phosa, money laundering and moving firearms.
The two had a fallout last year, which prompted Venter to approach the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation to hand himself over :
“Mabuza asked me to say I saw Phosa draft a spy report against him, and I lied about it because he asked me to. But I am not innocent. Not at all. I am as guilty as Mabuza. That's why I drove to the Hawks. I thought it was much safer for me being in jail than being outside here."
Venter claims he has no idea how many times he unknowingly participated in murder on Mabuza's orders:
“In the past, on many occasions, I dropped off bags with money. I don't know how many times there were guns inside. I don't know how many times I might have been the reason for somebody being killed.”
Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale confirmed investigations into the allegations have begun, but kept Mabuza's name under wraps:
“The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations can confirm that a case of corruption and money laundering has been opened at SAPS Nelspruit which emanated from an inquiry which was already being investigated by the DPCI. The investigation is continuing at this stage and it would be premature of the DPCI to divulge who is implicated in the case as such.”
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mabuza's spokesperson Thamsanqa Ngwenya commented on the developments:
“Therefore, making the same allegations in 2020 is not only absurd, but delusional. It is unimaginable as to why anyone would want to rehash these old matters, except if the intention is to besmirch the name, character and societal standing of Deputy President David Mabuza."
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