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By unknown | Feb 20, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ido Lekota

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Gauteng Premier Paul Mashatile appointed the now disgraced former ANC spin doctor Carl Niehaus as head of the Gauteng Economic Development Agency without advertising the post.

This was revealed in the Gauteng Legislature yesterday.

The appointment was made in 2005 when Mashatile was MEC for finance and economic affairs, making him the political head of Geda.

Niehaus, who this week resigned from the ANC, is said to owe creditors more than R4million - debts he accumulated to finance his lavish lifestyle.

Yesterday Democratic Alliance leader Jack Bloom said Mashatile should take responsibility for employing Niehaus, who resigned from Geda after forging signatures of several MECs to secure a R100000 loan from Blue Label, a private company.

On Tuesday Bloom laid a charge against Mashatile "for failing to lay a criminal charge against Niehaus". He has also asked the police to investigate charges against Ignatius Jacobs, Angie Motshekga and Khabisi Mosunkutu - the MECs whose signatures Niehaus had forged.

Bloom argues that it is unlikely that the three did not know about Niehaus's case.

They also failed to lay charges against him, Bloom said.

Yesterday ANC MPLs Motshekga Mathole and Lindiwe Maseko accused the DA of abusing the law. They said the DA was misinterpreting the law to mislead the public.

Section 34 of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Activities Act calls for any "person of authority aware of any offence of theft or fraud to ... report such knowledge".

The act then goes on to define people of authority, but it does not specifically name MECs.


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