- The Democratic Alliance has weighed in on the unfolding controversy regarding Edwin Sodi and ANC officials
- The opposition party has called for the parliament Ethics Committee to investigate whether the officials breached their contracts
- Edwin Sodi's business is said to have been granted millions in government tenders after paying certain state officials
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The DA has weighed in on the recent controversy involving businessman Edwin Sodi. The opposition party has called on Parliament's Joint Committee on Ethics and Members Interests to investigate the ANC MPs who received payments from him.
The DA said that members did not declare the payments to parliament and that was a breach of the Parliament’s Code of Ethical Conduct and Disclosure of Members’ Interests regarding Conflict of Financial or Business Interests.
According to DA MP Natasha Mazzone, the party would submit the request to the committee.
Sodi is the owner of Blackhead Consulting and appeared at the Zondo commission into earleir this week.
He revealed that his company made several payments to ANC officials and the government over the years.
State officials who received these payments include: Zizi Kodwa, Thulas Nxesi, Pinky Kekana, Paul Mashatile and Zweli Mkhize.
Sodi also revealed that these payments were made while his company was awarded government contracts worth millions.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that the State Capture Inquiry heard how Ace Magashule's time as the Free State Premier saw him tied in with some questionable deals.
A R225 million 'asbestos removal' contract was linked to the ANC secretary-general and his former cronies. Prosecution Advocate Paul Pretorious led the forensic analysis on Tuesday detailing how the contract was not honoured.
Instead, the public works funding was funnelled to those in Magashule's inner circle with at least two of his colleagues scoring high-end vehicles. The inquiry heard how Blackhead Consulting, a Gauteng-based firm, owned by Edwin Sodi had led the apparent network of beneficiaries linked to the deal:
“Sodi paid the motor dealer R600 000 at the time of the project. And Mr Zulu uses it as a deposit for a vehicle […] a Range Rover. there are others that involve the payment of fees from this money at the request of the Premier of the time, Mr Ace Magashule.”
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