ANC ethics committee to grill graft-accused Joburg councillor

City of Joburg MMC Nomoya Mnisi’s corruption allegations have landed on the Gauteng ANC Integrity Committee desk for investigation.

The Joburg ANC regional executive committee this week referred Mnisi to the party’s ethics body to answer allegations that she tried to solicit state funds to pay for the ANC youth league’s bill.

The region stated on Friday that it had been inundated with numerous reports regarding allegations against Mnisi, an MMC for Economic Development.

On Thursday, the ANC regional working committee (RWC) received a report that Mnisi allegedly tried to direct state funds to pay a hotel bill for the ANC youth league’s regional congress.

Sunday World reported a fortnight ago that ActionSA opened a corruption case against Mnisi at Hillbrow police station. ActionSA accused her of instructing former Joburg Property Company (JPC) acting chief financial officer (CFO) Sipho Mzobe to pay an illicit payment to the Cedar Woods hotel for the ANCYL conference costs.

The Joburg RWC said this week that it was encouraging that Mnisi subjected herself to and cooperated with the initial investigation.

She also showed commitment to cooperating with law enforcement agencies and organisational processes, according to the statement.

Notably, Mnisi had not been charged, said ANC Joburg secretary Sasabona Manganye. However, said Manganye, the allegations against her were serious.

“We have a duty to safeguard the core values of the ANC, protect its image, and enhance its standing in society,” he said.

He added: “Given this, the matter has been referred to the ANC provincial integrity committee as it will have an impact on the perception and reputation of the organisation should the alleged conduct be true.”

It was alleged that Mnisi instructed Mzobe to have Joburg Property Company settle the youth league’s invoice for an amount close to R1-million. However, the ex-CFO refused to dance to her tune.

In a document we have seen, Cedar Woods Hotel sent a quotation for a conference that the youth league’s Joburg region held at the venue between July 7 and 9.
Mnisi, as a fundraiser for the youth league conference, was provided with a quotation that amounted to R867,482 that was to be paid into Cedar Woods’ account.
Mnisi denied the allegations that she had instructed Mzobe to pay for the Sandton conference.

“His gripe is that, as a shareholder and MMC for economic development, I asked the board and him why he had been acting as CFO of the JPC for two years. This angered him. He is now coming up with dirty tricks, claiming I told him to pay for the ANCYL conference,” she said. She said Mzobe lied.

“I will speak to my legal team to deal with this matter. My lawyers will advise on the way forward regarding Mzobe and ActionSA as I am not taking this matter lying down,” said Mnisi.

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