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Zokwana denies using DAFF to raise money for ANC

Mar 27, 2018
Zokwana denies using DAFF to raise money for ANC

The Minister of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, on Monday denied bribery allegations against him contained in an article that was published by a national paper.

According to the report, former president Jacob Zuma allegedly accepted a R1 million bribe from a Western Cape abalone dealer in exchange for keeping Zokwana in his post as Agriculture Minister in 2016.

His Department said that the Minister further denied that he has been involved in any unlawful conduct in relation to the awarding of contracts for processing and sale of confiscated abalone, or any plans to raise money for the African National Congress (ANC) through the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

"The Minister welcomes the investigation by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) into all the allegations contained in the article and is confident that the investigation will establish that the allegations made against him are unfounded, false, and defamatory," the Department said.

"On 24 November 2017, the Western Cape High Court ordered that the contract concluded between the Department and Willjarro (Pty) Ltd for the processing, marketing and selling of confiscated abalone was unlawful and should accordingly be set aside.

"The allegations against the Minister contained in the article were made by Chaile Seretse, the chief operating officer of Willjarro.

"Investigations into the employees of the Department who appear to be implicated in the awarding of the unlawful contract are still ongoing."