Niehaus offers resignation

ANC spokesperson Carl Niehaus offered to resign from his position on Friday morning following a Mail & Guardian report that he committed fraud to secure a loan.

“Something like this becoming public … obviously must have consequences for me and … I accept that the ANC will decide about my future,” Niehaus told SAfm.

“I have written a message this morning [Friday] to the secretary general and the treasury general of the ANC and I have offered my resignation.

“I’ve always been employed by the ANC and I’ve always accepted the discipline of the ANC. The ANC is not an organisation for me which I consider just to be an organisation. It is my family. It is the organisation I love and I will never do anything deliberately to damage this organisation and I will always accept its discipline.”

The ANC denied on Friday morning that Niehaus had tendered his resignation, spokesperson Jessie Duarte said.


“It’s not true. We have heard this rumour all morning long,” she said.

Duarte said they were looking into the matter, but her immediate reaction to the article was that it contained inaccuracies.

She said it was untrue that she was unhappy about Niehaus’s appointment to the team of spokespersons that would lead the party through the April 22 elections.

“This is a person I have known for 32 years … we work well together, we always have… I have great respect for him”.

Desperate for financial help
The M&G confronted Niehaus this week with allegations that he owed hundreds of thousands of rands to politicians and influential businessmen and committed fraud while working for the Gauteng provincial government.

A tearful Niehaus admitted that he forged signatures while he was chief executive of the Gauteng Economic Development Agency (Geda) before resigning in December 2005 and borrowed money over a six-year period from some of the brightest stars of the ANC and business galaxy, much of which he has not paid back.

He also admitted to the M&G that he asked to be connected to Brett Kebble because he was “desperate for financial help” and had to leave a top job at Deloitte and Touche in 2003 after his financial woes became embarrassing.

He also admitted to owing the Rhema Church more than R700 000 when he was asked to resign from his post as chief executive and spokesperson by a full board meeting in 2004 and had to repay R24 000 to director general in the presidency Frank Chikane when he left his job there under a cloud in 2004. –

“Most of what you have confronted me with is true. I wish it wasn’t. I’ve made massive mistakes and I’ve disappointed a lot of people terribly. I’ve no illusions that if you publish this article it will mean the end of my career,” he told the M&G.

“I asked people like Saki Macozoma, Cyril Ramaphosa, Tokyo Sexwale, Gill Marcus, Pallo Jordan and Rick Mennell to help me financially.

“I was down and out. Some of them gave me money and some didn’t. I am terribly indebted. I also received money from Brett Kebble.”

He said the slain mining magnate gave him R70 000 for communications work.

“I’m paying R100 000 back because I can’t fight the liquidators — there was no contract, only a verbal agreement,” said Niehaus.

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Related stories

Editorial: ANC, stop hurting our country

The ANC either does not understand the best interests of those it was elected to serve — or it knows and doesn’t care

Comrade Andrew Mlangeni was the embodiment of service

Kgalema Motlanthe paid tribute to ANC struggle stalwart Andrew Mlangeni, who died on Tuesday, at his 95th birthday celebrations last month

Editorial: Stop looting Mlangeni’s legacy

Covid-19 has exposed how widespread corruption tore the heart out of our institutions, from parastatals to hospitals and infrastructure projects.

Andrew Mlangeni: The ‘backroom boy’ with a twinkle in his eye

The Rivionia Trialist was a humble, steadfast and sincere man

VBS looting haunts the ANC in Limpopo

The ANC is facing a revolt over the looting of VBS bank, which took money from poor communities, with warnings of electoral consequences in 2021 local elections

ANC heavy ‘stops’ municipal probe

David Mahlobo denies preventing the suspension of the broken Matlosana council’s manager
Advertising

Ingonyama Trust Board moves to retrench staff

More than 50 workers at the Ingonyama Trust Board have been issued section 189 notices

Tito needs the IMF, South Africa doesn’t

The IMF loan is given with false motivation — to provide political cover for entrenched neoliberalism and deep cuts in the public service

No proof of Covid-19 reinfection, yet

Some people report testing positive for Covid-19 after initially having the disease and then testing negative. Scientists are still trying to understand if this means that reinfection is possible
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday