We share the affidavit made by a Mozambican national known as Josh to an ex ANC and COPE politician James Nkambule (pictured right) who ended up dead through poisoning.
The current vice President of South Africa needs no introduction when a discussion around corruption in politics take place.
Mabuza has a reputation as a ghastly corrupt individual.
Mabuza became the Mpumalanga province premier in 2009 after supporting Jacob Zuma in the 2007 ANC elective conference .
In a telling case an amount of R14 million was apparently stolen from Mabuza's farm in Barberton in December 2009 by a relative.
It was reported that Mabuza did not want to declare such a large amount stolen because it would raise suspicion.
He then reported only R4 million stolen but scrutiny of the case number in question, Barberton SAPS CAS 237/12/1009 later revealed only R1200 was reported stolen.
Remember, this was only at the beginning of Mabuza's reign as the provincial crime don of Mpumalanga and he already had R14 million stashed in a cupboard.
I dont have to tell you that ANC politics revolves around money.
Most ANC politicians are also involved in business and a top dog like Mabuza controls patronage and tender networks.
We will look into that later, so read on...
Mabuza was recently exposed in a New York Times article where patronage politics was discussed and Mabuza's role in it.
In the article, which is a must read, Mabuza is exposed by his own people in the ANC, amongst others Mr Fish Mahlalela, an ANC MP.
Mabuza's role in money politics, the inflation of prices for new school projects, the shoddy nature of the build thereof, the dilapidated nature of schools in the province where children have fallen into and died in pit latrines, his manipulation of matric pass rates whilst education MEC and political assassinations in the province, nearly 20 in 2 decades, is discussed in the article.
It is widely known that Mabuza held court and ruled the province, and the allocation of tenders , from his farm in Barberton.
From the New York Times article :
On Mr. Mabuza’s farm in Barberton, south of the provincial capital, his power was on full display, current and former A.N.C. officials said.
He received contractors and took his cut before projects were awarded, they said.
Those who refused to participate often faced exile.
Mr. Sedibe, his former ally, recounted how young party workers went to the farm for wads of cash from Mr. Mabuza — often about $750 — to wage his recruitment drive.
“He always had money in his house,” said Mr. Sedibe, who is now an opposition leader.
Now back to the affidavit made by Fabiano Emmanuel dos Santos, known a Josh.
In the affidavit Josh described how he was recruited as a hitman for Mabuza and Steve Mabona (right), who was a provincial government minister, in the year 2000 after doing the same "cleaning" work for Bobby Motaung and assisting him with other criminal activity.
Bobby is the son of Kaizer Motaung, the owner of the well known soccer team Kaizer Chiefs.
Josh states in the affidavit that he worked full time for a criminal network headed by Mabuza from 2001 onwards, carrying out political hits and smuggling drugs.
Josh states that he moved between Mabuza's Elandshoek farm and his farm in Barberton whilst carrying out his "work" between 2002 and 2009.
The other members of the criminal network included Patric Chirwa , Bobby Motaung and Herbert Theledi.
These are the people who will be examined later in this article to see what links they have with shady business dealings and tender corruption.
We will see that they indeed have links with Mabuza in big tenders.
Josh stated in the affidavit that he attempted to poison James Nkambule, who opposed David Mabuza, in 2006 with poison provided by Mabuza, but the poison did not work and Nkambule survived.
Josh further states how he buried the body of a man on Mabuza's Elandshoek farm in 2004 / 2005.
The body of the man was brought in by Patrick Chirwa and another man and buried on instruction of both Chirwa and Mabuza.
Josh further states how he was called into a meeting at Mabuza's Barberton house in November 2008.
Present was Mabuza, Chirwa, Bobby Motaung and Herbert Theledi.
According to the statement Josh was instructed to recruit 4 other people for a hitsquad and given a hitlist of 5 people who had to be killed.
The elimination of Jimmy Mohlala was to be prioritized.
Josh states he subsequently recruited 3 Zimbabweans and one Mozambican for the hit team.
Jimmy Mohlala was the council speaker of Mbombela.
Josh further states that he shot Jimmy Mohlala to death in January 2009 and called Mabuza to inform him.
Mabuza was overjoyed when he heared the news.
Josh then states how in August 2009 he was tipped off not to return to the Elandshoek farm because the other 4 members of the hitsquad had themselves been executed by 2 men in the presence of David Mabuza and Bobby Motaung on the farm.
Josh goes on to state that he then travelled to Barberton and made contact with James Nkambule and told him everything.
James Nkambule then arranged for Josh to flee to Mozambique until the time is right to testify according to the statement.
As we all know a mere affidavit like this, especially against the background of the absence of the deponent, does not neccessarily point to the truth and this publication is publishing this sworn affidavit in the public interest whilst not vouching for the accuracy of the statement.
But it does warrant a further look into the alleged members of the criminal cartel operated by Mabuza to see what possible links there are between them.
Low and behold the links are plenty and pop up with simple google searches of the names of the members of the alleged criminal cartel - that is Mabuza, Bobby Motaung, Patric Chirwa and Herbert Theledi.
It just so happens that James Nkambule, the whistleblower against Mabuza, was murdered, poisoned according to the State Pathologist, on 7 October 2010.
Nkambule was facing charges of conspiracy to commit crime, defeating the ends of justice, incitement and fraud – all emanating from his claims about the hitman.
He was to appear in court on October 14th.
It is also a fact that Jimmy Mohlala was a whistleblower against tender fraud with the construction of the Mbombela stadium for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
As can also be seen in above link, Police arrested the wrong people for Mohlala's murder on the basis of a single witness and later had to withdraw the charges and set free the people they arrested.
Where it really gets interesting is when you consider that Jimmy Mohlala was murdered a week before he was scheduled to testify at a hearing against Jacob Dladla.
The Jacob Dladla (former municipal manager of Mbombela) case was regarding Dladla's failure to declare his private business interests with beneficiaries of the 2010 SWC deal, and his role in questionable expenditure involving Lefika Emerging Equity, which is Bobby Motaung's company.
Bobby Motaung was arrested on August 15, 2012 alongside his business partner in Lefika Emerging Equity, Herbert Theledi, and the company's former chief executive officer Chris Grip.
They were charged with fraud amounting to R143 million for allegedly using a false tax certificate when Lefika submitted a bid for a tender to design the stadium.
They also allegedly forged a Mbombela council letter with a fake signature of former Mbombela municipal manager, Sgananda Siboza, to obtain a R1 million overdraft from a bank.
The Hawks also arrested former Mbombela manager Jacob Dladla, Ehlanzeni District technical director Tebogo Kubeka and Grip's lawyer, Michael Ramos, on charges of theft, fraud and the alleged contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) relating to the stadium tenders valued at R920 million.
The State Advocate in the matter was Adv Patrick Nkuna.
It becomes clear that there was interference from NPA managers regarding this case.
The previous Hawks head who had to vacate his position after the Court found him unfit for the post also makes an appearance when he intervened to seize the docket to make sure the case died.
I quote from the News24 link mentioned above :
It also appears that the case was struck off the roll, which makes it possible for future re-enrollment IF there is political will.
There are links between David Mabuza and Patrick Chirwa too :
READ : The story they tried to stop
The following is a quote from above link :
More links between Chirwa and Mabuza here :
I quote from the article :
A prominent businessman in Mpumalanga, who is linked to premier David Mabuza, has emerged as the central figure in questionable municipal land deals worth R45-million.
The Sunday Times has established that town planner Patrick Chirwa used his company, Pacific Breeze Trading 474, to snap up private plots on the cheap and sell them to municipalities at exorbitant prices.
Chirwa is also the owner of Sisonke Development Planners in the province.
At the time that most of the deals took place, the premier, Mabuza, was MEC for agriculture and land administration and served as a director of two companies - Above Average Trading Corporation 44 and 45 - with Chirwa.
In one deal, a plot was bought for R3.1-million and sold to the Mbombela municipality for R11-million in one day.
I am sure there are many more links to be found between Patrick Chirwa, Herbert Theledi and Bobby Motaung.
It is just a matter of Googling and connection the dots.
I hope that this article will serve to open the eyes of South Africans to see what scary future awaits us if David Mabuza is suddenly elevated to the position of ANC leader, something that is possible if the ANC recalls Cyril Ramaphosa.
In the following link you can read about links between David Mabuza and an EFF member doing developments in Mozambique.
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