Zizi Kodwa faces ANC’s ‘step aside’ rule: Did he milk the millions?
Zizi Kodwa’s fate as an active ANC member lies in the hands of the NPA.
Zizi Kodwa, a high-ranking figure in the ANC NEC and Cyril Ramaphosa’s placard holder could be on his way to suspension following the evidence that was unveiled at the State Capture Inquiry.
Zizi Kodwa meddled in tech tender scam
On Tuesday, Steven Powell, a specialist from ENS Forensics delivered his report on the probe into Kodwa’s relationship with a tech company only referred to as EOH.
Powell was commissioned by DCJ Raymond Zondo to look into the tech company’s dealings with the government and what he found from subpoenaed bank statements was a financial paper trail that led to a number of high-ranking government figures and state departments.
The subject of Tuesday’s report, however, was Kodwa. According to the evidence, this is what Powell found:
- Bank records show that Kodwa received more than R2 million in tranches from EOH, between May 2015 and February 2016.
- Jehan Mackay, an executive at EOH, is listed on Kodwa’s bank statements as a depositor in the transactions made to the NEC member’s account.
- Kodwa was allegedly the middle-man between EOH and many of the shoddy tenders it won from different state departments, including a R90 million ICT contract it won from Sassa in the Eastern Cape.
Powell’s powerful evidence has created enough probable cause for the NPA to pursue criminal charges against Kodwa. However, at this time, the state prosecutors have yet to issue a directive on Kodwa’s fate.
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The NEC member has, for the most part, avoided the public. Neither he nor the ANC has addressed the allegations made at the State Capture Inquiry.
These were some of the reactions we picked out from the topic that went viral on Tuesday:
All it took for Nhlanhla Nene to resign as finance minster was revelations at the state capture inquiry that he met with the Gupta family. Meanwhile, Zizi Kodwa, Gwede Mantashe & others, who allegedly received benefits from state capture enablers, are hanging on to their jobs.— Ray Mahlaka (@RayMahlaka) May 26, 2021
We know that. Nothing will happen to Zizi Kodwa, he's part of the Ramaphosa faction that's above the law https://t.co/wzPu9aKpzZ— Sphithiphithi Evaluator (@_AfricanSoil) May 26, 2021
Factions are saying Zizi Kodwa must be charged:— King Telekoa (@ChairMidrand) May 26, 2021
Was Zizi Kodwa a government official 😂 another faction asks.
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Some people calling for Zizi Kodwa to be charged are the ones who always question why Zuma is charged for arms deal corruption because he was not in national government… Alright Zizi was just ANC spokesperson, Zuma was Deputy president… You see now— NonPartisan (@MulugisiM) May 26, 2021