SACP ‘donor’ in court on fraud charges

The businessman who complained about an alleged cash donation to the South African Communist Party that went missing appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Charles Modise’s court appearance relates to charges of alleged fraud, forgery and defeating the ends of justice in relation to tenders awarded to him in the Northern Cape.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Tlali Tlali said the case was postponed on Wednesday to October 29. ”The state will provide a charge sheet at this appearance.”

Modise, who is a Malawian citizen, will remain in custody.

He was arrested in Gauteng by the Scorpions during an investigation into tender fraud worth R35-million, going back to 2003.

Some of the charges relate to government tenders for the Northern Cape legislature, a parliamentary residential area, the renovation of the airports at Kimberley and Upington, and toll roads.

Recently, Modise laid a complaint against the SACP with the police, relating to a R500 000 donation he said he made to the SACP in 2002.

He alleged the money had been given to Congress of South African Trade Unions president Willie Madisha, who said he delivered the money to SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande in 2002.

Nzimande has denied receiving the money.

An SACP task team set up to investigate the alleged donation, however, found no credible evidence that the donation had ever existed.

When the finding was announced, the SACP said it took a ”dim view” of the conduct of Madisha and the way he had handled the controversy. — Sapa

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