/ 23 April 2008

Report: ANC figures owe cash to Kebble estate

Trustees of the insolvent estate of slain mining magnate Brett Kebble want more than R25-million back from beneficiaries of Kebble’s largesse, Business Day reported on Wednesday.

Alleged beneficiaries ranged from senior African National Congress members to a prominent business journalist.

They all allegedly received donations made for unspecified reasons between 2003 and 2005, when Kebble’s estate was already insolvent.

In some cases the donations took the form of regular monthly payments.

Prominent ANC Youth League (ANCYL) member Lunga Ncwana, his wife, Nora, and the Ncwana Family Trust lead the pack with more than R10-million in donations from Kebble, followed by various ANC branches, which owe R4,6-million.

Journalist and long-time friend of Kebble David Gleason and his company, Gleason Publications, allegedly together ”owe” R3,4-million, the ANCYL R1,3-million, Kebble’s brother Guy R1-million and ANCYL national executive committee member Songezo Mjongile R846 147.

Among those owing about half-a-million rand are ANCYL secretary general Sihle Zikalala, Fikza Investment Holdings, run by Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya’s wife, Thuthukile Mazibuko Skweyiya, and the late John Gomomo, former ANC MP and chairperson of Parliament’s portfolio committee on public service and administration, who received R481 761.

Gomomo died in January and trustees are awaiting the appointment of an executor for his estate before taking further legal action.

Gleason’s court documents claim he received regular monthly payments from Kebble from April 2003 until a month before Kebble’s death.

This was while he contributed a weekly column to Business Day. His column was eventually stopped. Gleason has denied owing Kebble’s estate any money.

Missing from this list are several people alleged to have received money from Kebble according to documents belonging to the deceased businessman’s estate.

These include former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni, Dali Tambo, son of the late Oliver Tambo and again Mazibuko Skweyiya. It is not clear if these people have paid the trustees back or are still to be asked to do so. — Sapa