RUSTENBURG – Mineral Resources Minister and African National Congress (ANC) national chairperson Gwede Mantashe has responded to allegations that controversial facilities management company, Bosasa paid hundreds of thousands of rand to install security upgrades at three of his homes.
This follows damning claims by former Bosasa employee Richard le Roux last Thursday at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture, that Mantashe was among several ANC politicians who had electric fences and CCTV cameras installed at their houses and were maintained by the company now known as African Global Operations.
Le Roux alleged that Bosasa paid R300,000 on security upgrades at Mantashe’s three properties, one in Boksburg, Johannesburg, and two in the Eastern Cape.
Speaking in a video he posted on Twitter, Mantashe says has apologised to those who may be disappointed at the mention of his name in the allegations of corruption.
“It is very important for us to address that issue because it has opened quite a number of avenues for people to attack me in person for different angles. Others are attacking me because they are disappointed for me to be associated with this Bosasa saga.
The #Bosasa issue has opened up an avenue for people to attack me in person from different angles. Others are disappointed for me to be associated with #BosasaSaga, which I apologise to. Others are "Fishers of Corrupt Men", those will be disappointed. I have to clarify the issue pic.twitter.com/eEBjLFpqZW— Gwede Mantashe (@GwedeMantashe1) February 2, 2019
To those I think I must apologise, but am saying I have the responsibility to clarify the issues.” He says he has the responsibility to give clarity, but also attacks those he calls 'fishers of corrupt men'.
“There are others who I call ‘the fishers of the corrupt man’, those can continue but they will be disappointed.”
Hearings at the commission will continue on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 at 10am.