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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Marianne Thamm.]

A few days before the ANC’s watershed 54th elective conference at Nasrec in December 2017 where the President Jacob Zuma–supported ‘slate’ suffered a defeat by Cyril Ramaphosa with a slim 179-vote margin, there was a plot to funnel R45-million of public funds through SAPS Crime Intelligence to allegedly buy votes at the conference, claims IPID.

While the ruling party, now led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, gears up for its week of annual January 8 celebrations, culminating on Saturday, 12 January at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, the cosmic debris from its life-or-death 54th elective conference in 2017 keeps pockmarking the political landscape.

Behind the scenes, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, headed by Robert McBride, is locked in a legal battle with SAPS and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) in an attempt to access files which IPID maintains have been “classified” for the purpose of covering up alleged corruption and criminality in the lead-up to Nasrec. Actually, not only in that instance (the attempted R45-million Nasrec slush fund) but also others, where, says IPID, public funds were laundered through Crime Intelligence (CI) to buy votes at ANC elective conferences.

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