Tokyo Sexwale: Money swayed the outcome of 2017 NASREC conference

Tokyo Sexwale: Money swayed the outcome of 2017 NASREC conference

- Former Gauteng premier Tokyo Sexwale has claimed money was used to sway the outcome of who would lead the ANC

- Sexwale alleged that votes for the 2017 NASREC elective conference were garnered through bribes

- This is now the second party veteran to make the claim that President Cyril Ramaphosa won the election through illicit means

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Gauteng's ex-premier Tokyo Sexwale has made some serious claims about the legitimacy of President Cyril Ramaphosa's place at the head of the ANC.

Speaking to JJ Tabane during a Newsroom Africa interview, the ANC veteran reiterated claims that money influenced the outcome of the ANC's 2017 NASREC elective conference:

“Nasrec was a shocker. Money was used to buy the conference. People have a lot of money from the government, and people marshalled money from outside. You buy a conference."

President Cyril Ramaphosa narrowly beat Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma during the contest to become the next leader of the ruling party.

Sexwale went on to claim money was openly flaunted at the conference, slamming the unity lauded by deputy president David Mabuza as 'false or fake'.

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The ex-premier claimed that, unlike when the party was banned during the liberation struggle, unity was absent and money has moved into its place:

“We don’t understand our moral compass any more. Morally, ethically, politically we have let our people down. How is it happening? Money, money, money. It's all about money."

Sexwale recounted that during the party's time in exile, comrades had suffered together with former party president Oliver Tambo almost equal to the other party members.

This, according to the veteran, ended with the party winning the first democratic election.

“The comrades are in charge of you because they pay you."

IOL had reported that another ANC veteran, Meshack Radebe, had claimed to witness delegates being paid in exchange for votes, prompting his decision to leave the public sector:

Radebe, who is also former agriculture MEC, previously said after witnessing delegates being paid money in exchange for swaying their votes, he decided to quit the government.

“In the hotel where I was staying (in Johannesburg) the cash was given out at the foyer. Delegates would come in buses to collect cash. One of the leaders who was giving out money is now a minister. Delegates were each counting R5 000, R3 000, R4 000. Others were complaining that the money they had received was not enough." reported that the IPID is currently attempting to investigate claims that a Durban tender was used to hide the fact that prices were inflated in order to funnel money which was allegedly used to sway votes.

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