Makhubo accused of using 'influence' to secure funding for ANC

Makhubo accused of using 'influence' to secure funding for ANC

- Johannesburg mayor Geoff Makhubo is embroiled in controversy after allegedly using his influence for no good

- The ANC official is facing a scandal after tenders were allegedly granted in exchange for donations

- These funds were allegedly used to bankroll the ANC in the province according to testimony heard at the Zondo Commission

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Johannesburg mayor Geoff Makhubo is at the centre of scandal after having allegedly used his 'influence' to secure donations for the ANC in his province.

The scandal erupted after ENSafrica's head of forensics, Steven Powell, testified at the State Capture Inquiry this week.

Powell testified that EOH Holdings, an IT service management company, had funded the ANC in Johannesburg at the same time that the City tendered to upgrade its IT infrastructure.

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The testimony revealed that numerous donation requests had surfaced at the time of the tender being adjudicated with the tender itself worth R404 million.

Powell had made his displeasure clear, saying that the situation is 'just unheard of' and 'just wrong'.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo heard that the subsidiary, EOH Mthombo, had a full technical and political strategy for the contract.

The company does around R250 million in business with the City of Johannesburg a year, a sign that ties between the two were strong ahead of the time.

Powell detailed how over half a million Rand was paid out to the ANC for a conference, accommodation, administration and decor in just once instance.

The funds had allegedly been requested by Makhubo and 'thank you' letters by the ANC would be signed by the mayor.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Mayor of Johannesburg Geoff Makhubo is expected to testify at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry on Friday.

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Leader of the ActionSA party, Herman Mashaba reacted to the news: "This is going to be very interesting to watch."

According to a report by AmaBhungane, Makhubo allegedly secretly benefited from a City of Johannesburg contract.

From this contract Makhubo benefited by more or less R30 million from Regiments, who are state capture facilitators.

Makhubo also might have allegedly profited from these dealings while he was the MMC of Finance.

Social media users reacted to Herman Mashaba's comment:

@ActionMzansi said: "I have a feeling Makhubo will appear at the commission and deny everything as usual."
@sam_mnisi said: "I remember you were attacked from all corners when you raised the Makhubo issue."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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