ANC chief whip reads riot act to RET MP over bid to nail Ramaphosa in parly

2022-01-18 03:16:00 PM

Mervyn Dirks wants Ramaphosa to address allegations of misuse of state funds, but the chief whip is having none of it

Mervyn Dirks wants Ramaphosa to address allegations of misuse of state funds, but the chief whip is having none of it

Mervyn Dirks wants Ramaphosa to address allegations of misuse of state funds, but the chief whip is having none of it

But Dirks’ own party has taken aim at him.Its parliamentary caucus demanded a letter Dirks wrote Hlengwa be withdrawn by no later than 9am on Tuesday.Sunday Times Daily has seen a letter, dated January 17, informing Dirks of an engagement that took place on Monday night between two internal structures, called “Strategy” and the “ANC Scopa Study Group”.  

The letter, signed by ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina, reads: “Further to the resolution that Strategy would meet once Scopa Study Group members had left the meeting, this serves to advise that the necessary deliberations took place.“With regard to the letter written by yourself to the chairperson of Scopa ... you are hereby instructed to withdraw said letter, and to share your letter of withdrawal with the office of the chief whip no later than 9am tomorrow morning, Tuesday, 18 January 2022.”

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Its parliamentary caucus demanded a letter Dirks wrote Hlengwa be withdrawn by no later than 9am on Tuesday. Sunday Times Daily has seen a letter, dated January 17, informing Dirks of an engagement that took place on Monday night between two internal structures, called “Strategy” and the “ANC Scopa Study Group”. by.   The letter, signed by ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina, reads: “Further to the resolution that Strategy would meet once Scopa Study Group members had left the meeting, this serves to advise that the necessary deliberations took place. “With regard to the letter written by yourself to the chairperson of Scopa ..

. you are hereby instructed to withdraw said letter, and to share your letter of withdrawal with the office of the chief whip no later than 9am tomorrow morning, Tuesday, 18 January 2022.” Sunday Times Daily understands Dirks responded to Majodina’s letter, and that his missive to Hlengwa has not been withdrawn. Get the Sunday Times Daily app or daily email newsletter Sunday Times Daily reported that Hlengwa said Dirks would be given a chance to present his case. Dirks wrote to Hlengwa asking that his committee summon Ramaphosa after a leaked recording of an ANC NEC meeting at which the president spoke about the use of state money for certain campaigns in the lead-up to the 2017 ANC elective conference.

In the recording Ramaphosa can be heard saying: “One of the officials said as these people from the State Security [Agency] testify [at the state capture commission], one of the officials said soon they will be revealing about how money was used for some campaigns, and I said I would rather they say you got money from this business for CR17 than for the public to finally hear that their public money was used to advance certain campaigns.” In his letter to Hlengwa Dirks implies Ramaphosa might have committed perjury when he failed to alert the Zondo commission to his knowledge of allegations of abuse of state funds. “This statement by the president [in the leaked audio] has far-reaching implications for our fight against corruption and maleficence. In fact, it leaves the president’s own ‘New Dawn’ project in tatters,” he wrote. “Furthermore, the president appeared before the Zondo commission under oath and withheld this damning information.

Does this amount to perjury? The admission by the president of his knowledge of corruption and his refusal to divulge it will definitely make the final state capture report questionable and render it as not worth the paper it is written on,” said Dirks. Hlengwa told Sunday Times Daily he could comment on the letter as it had not been communicated to him officially. Dirks and Majodina were not immediately available for comment. .