The third state registry report released Tuesday provides detailed information on Bosasa’s web of bribes and corruption that spanned 16 years, raking in billions in contracts for the company.
Top party leaders involved in the report include: Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede MantasheANC NEC member Nomvula Mokonyane and Deputy Defense Minister Thabang Makwetla faced possible prosecution for constitutional violations when they accepted gratifications from Bosasa.
During his tenure as secretary general of the ANC, Mantashe had security systems installed in his three homes – in Cala and Elliot in the Eastern Cape and in Boksburg, Gauteng. He told the Zondo commission that Bosasa director Papa Leshabane offered to upgrade his security as “a friend of the family”, costing about R600,000.
Political analyst Ralph Mathekga said it will not be easy for Ramaphosa to get rid of Mantashe as he knows the ins and outs of the ruling ANC.
“This report cuts right through the ANC factions, Ramaphosa will have to play carefully here. And also, Mantashe knew this was coming… he is the one who said that the State Imprisonment Commission should not be used to tear the party apart, today he is facing serious findings. There’s a lot at stake, Mantashe is a party hack,” he said.
Mantashe, Mathekga said, is in contact with the ANC on the ground and in the union movement.
“He knows what’s going on in the match, this is someone you don’t want to lose. Mobilizing and mounting a political challenge like an election will not be easy without people like Mantashe.”
Mantashe should have left long ago
However, acting head of the Department of History and Political Studies at the Nelson Mandela UniversityNontsikelelo Breakfast, believes Mantashe was a beneficiary of the “selective” ANC sidestep rule.
“Mantashe should have been gone long ago. I’ve always believed that the step-by-step ANC rule applied to people affiliated with the RET [radical economic transformation]† Many people are accused of doing illegal things, but are still with the party…like the Eastern Cape Prime Minister [Mabuyane Kekana]one of the people who passed the CR17 campaign in 2017.”
Mkhwebane’s investigation found that while the provincial ANC treasurer Babalo Madikizela looted R280,000, looted from Mbizana Municipality funds intended for the memorial service of the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, while Kekana fraudulently received R350,000. The prime minister has since adopted the judicial review report.
“Had it been Nomvula Mokonyane, Ramaphosa would have acted quickly. She is not in the inner circle of the president with people like Kekana, Mantashe and Makwetla,” Breakfast said.
“The many people facing corruption charges are part of the party forces that ousted former President Zuma from power, and Ramaphosa knows they can do it again… but he can’t just try to twist it.”
†Zondo report forces Ramaphosa into action’
“He has in his hands a legal instrument to act, there is no doubt that there are legitimate reasons for him to take action against some members of his cabinet. The state is a legal institution and so many people have been identified in the misconduct.”
In the event that no action is taken, Ramaphosa could be selective, he added.
“We also need to be aware that crime and corruption are entrenched in the ANC. Factions vote depending on how favorable the candidate is to them. Will Ramaphosa give in and ignore the latest Zondo recommendations? That remains to be seen.”