Zizi Kodwa tells ANC Integrity Commission: No need to rehash myself on state capture inquiry evidence

25 May 2021 - 16:14
By mawande amashabalala AND Mawande AmaShabalala
Deputy minister Zizi Kodwa sees no need to appear before the ANC's Integrity Commission again on 'additional' allegations made against him at the state capture inquiry. File photo.
Image: Thuli Dlamini Deputy minister Zizi Kodwa sees no need to appear before the ANC's Integrity Commission again on 'additional' allegations made against him at the state capture inquiry. File photo.

ANC national executive committee member and state security deputy minister Zizi Kodwa has told the governing party’s Integrity Commission (IC) that he saw no need to appear before it again on “additional” allegations made against him at the state capture inquiry.

Kodwa was previously alleged to have benefitted from several payments of about  R300,000 from technology company EOH’s Jehan Mackay.

For this he presented himself before the ANC IC which cleared him, saying he “should continue with his efforts to publicly explain the allegations made about him at the Zondo commission”.

Kodwa has previously said payments made to him by Mackay were transactions between friends and there was nothing untoward.

Managing director at ENS Forensics Steven Powell testified at the state capture inquiry on Tuesday.

Powell revealed how Kodwa intervened to pressure the department of home affairs to cancel a tender bidding process to give EOH a second bite.

Moreover, during this period Mackay appears to have asked Kodwa to ask EOH for a donation to the ANC.

On July 23 2015 Mackay sent an e-mail to Kodwa complaining that there were people using ANC letterheads on invoices yet the bank accounts provided did not match those of the ANC but belonged to individuals or private companies.

In the e-mail, Lunga Ncwana, a businessman from Cape Town who allegedly benefitted from SA Social Security Agency corrupt deals under Bathabile Dlamini’s reign as social development minister, is copied.

The invoices attached in the e-mail are purported to be from ANC regions in Nelson Mandela Bay but bank accounts were those of taxi associations in the region.

Mackay complained to Kodwa: “My brother, please look at this. People are using ANC letterheads but changing bank details into individuals’ or company bank details. Please can you look into this for me.”

Two weeks after this complaint, Mackay would send another e-mail to Kodwa with the subject “sponsorship”.

In the body of the e-mail he advised Kodwa that he, the ANC treasurer-general or whoever the ANC authorised must write to a specific person at EOH requesting funding for the party to the value of R1m.

The state capture inquiry’s chairperson, deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, chuckled at this, saying many political organisations would kill to have the privilege the ANC had of being asked by a funder to “ask me for a donation”.

Seven days after Mackay asked Kodwa to ask the ANC to ask EOH for a donation, Mackay sent to Kodwa the proof of payment for an “elections agency”.

On November 2 in the same year, Mackay sent Kodwa a cancellation letter for a tender on which EOH had missed out.

“Chair, what this means, if you look at the chronology, is that there is a payment to Mr Kodwa, there is a request for his intervention because EOH were disqualified, and shortly after we have cancellation of the tender, which means the process would start afresh and EOH would potentially be eligible to compete again. They would have lost out.” said Powell.

Kodwa told the ANC IC in a letter sent last week that there was nothing new to this that would necessitate him to provide a different explanation to the one he provided about payments to him by Mackay.

“Importantly, I need to remind the Integrity Commission that, to date, there are no allegations of impropriety against me nor have I been criminally charged of any wrongdoing, and I maintain and still confirm my submissions on my relationship with Mr Mackay, and assistance and donations received during the period 2015-16,” wrote Kodwa.

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