Arrest of ANC grandee is intended to signal serious anti-corruption campaign — but is it for real?
The arrest in Durban in December of one-time political heavyweight, now diplomat, Sibusiso Ndebele, on a charge of corruption could be an indication that the 68-year-old has reached his sell-by date within the ANC.
If he is found guilty, Ndebele may just be the “big fish” – albeit a spent force – that the ANC needs as proof that it is serious about combating corruption.
Ndebele is accused of being involved in looting the Department of Transport in a case that alleges money laundering, gifts of lavish holidays, bribes and 2010 World Cup tickets, all of which have cost the taxpayer in excess of R2 billion from 2010 to late last year.
And if he ever takes the stand, Ndebele will have to account for why he received more than R10m from a “consultant” who helped one company clinch a billion-rand deal from the transport ministry while he was at the helm.