Information within out disposal indicates that the United States of America USA in investigating a fraudulent case, inwhich two ANC ministers and a diplomat were linked.
The Justice Department of America is seeking answers from three of the ANC’s top members – two of whom are in Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet – after they were accused of fraud following the failed attempt to roll-out a cheap broadband service across Johannesburg.
In a lengthy report, the network was meant to go live in 2013. But six years later, it’s still not operational and there is no sign of developments picking up any time soon. The task has seemingly been abandoned.
Public Service & Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo, Deputy Defence and Military Veterans Minister Kebby Maphatsoe, and former diplomat Lerema Kekana are all under investigation. They played a key role in securing funding for the project, which was initially budgeted for R600 000 million. However, those costs ballooned to R1.7 billion.
Ayanda Dlodlo: “I was careless and naive, but didn’t do anything illegal.”
Kebby Maphatsoe: “I wasn’t an executive there by 2010. I resigned in 2013 before they were wound-up”.
Nexus Forensic Services – who are leading the probe into the botched project – have accused the trio of gross mismanagement, as well as saying they were “deceptive” with the information they shared.
All three are said to have been directors at CitiConnect Communications (CCC). The company was a BEE-affiliated outfit that folded once it became clear they couldn’t get up and running in Johannesburg. The publication also gave the accused their right of reply.