ANC Chief Whip's wife accused of fraud.

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The wife of new ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani faces 30 charges of fraud and money laundering, but the ANC says it is “quite comfortable” it has chosen the right man for the job.

Sizani was appointed on Thursday.

His wife, Nontuthuzela “Pankie” Sizani, was arrested in Port Elizabeth in December on charges of money laundering and theft totalling about R1.3 million. The charges date back to 2009 when she headed the city’s education district’s early childhood development unit.

She is accused of creating “ghost teachers”, then pocketing their salaries. She was suspended in October 2010, when the Hawks launched an investigation.

Tsepo Ndwalaza, spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority in Port Elizabeth, said yesterday that the trial was set to start in the PE Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in August.

In March, he said, the high court granted the Asset Forfeiture Unit an interim order to freeze some of her assets, including a home in Summerstrand, a farm and pension interest belonging to her and her husband. The two are married in community of property.

Ndwalaza said Pankie had been given until April 30 to oppose the order.

If convicted, she would be ordered to pay back the money, failing which, her assets would be sold and the Education Department reimbursed.

Contacted for comment yesterday, ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu said he had not known about the allegations against Sizani’s wife.

However, he said: “If there was a criminal matter against comrade Sizani, and it was comrade Sizani sitting in court, it would be different. So long as he is not in court, we are quite comfortable”.

Mthembu added that the ANC worked on the principal of “innocent until proven guilty”, and that there were “so many comrades whose wives are in court”. But this did not affect their work for the ANC.

“To say that because someone’s wife is charged with something, they cannot do a job is illogical,” he said. “We have every trust in Stone Sizani.”

Moloto Mothapo, spokesman for the ANC in Parliament and for the chief whip, said Sizani was attending a funeral in the Eastern Cape, and would not be available for interviews until Monday.

DA Chief Whip Watty Watson, who said on Thursday that he hoped to establish a good working relationship with Sizani, said he had been unaware of the charges against his wife.

While everyone was innocent until proven guilty, “if that had been the case in the DA, we would not have promoted the husband of someone accused of fraud.

“When there is a sword hanging over your wife or a family member, it affects your judgement and your work, because you want to support your wife and you are worried about her and your family,” Watson added.

The ANC website states that the chief whip is the “most senior ANC whip upon whom rests the ultimate responsibility for the actions of all the ANC MPs”.

The chief whip’s job is to ensure there is effective political management, guidance and education for all ANC members, and that MPs conduct themselves in a “distinguished manner”.

Sizani, who was education MEC in the Eastern Cape until 2002, was among those fingered for corruption in the controversial Pillay Commission report, commissioned by then premier Nosimo Balidlela in 2005.

Parts of the report implicating Sizani and others were leaked, but the Grahamstown High Court later ruled that the report was a “nullity of no force and effect” as it had been signed by Judge Ronnie Pillay only in 2007, after the time period in which the commission had been allowed to function expired.

Source: -Saturday Star
 

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Sounds like she is rather over-qualified for the ANC! :erm:
 

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To say that because someones wife is charged with something, they cannot do a job is illogical, he said.
Hmm
Minister of State Security (formerly minister of intelligence services). What was it again with that wife of his - a whole lot of unpaid parking tickets or something, oh no hang on - international drug trafficking !!
 

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what about zuma's best friend. What do you mean I must be more specific?
 
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They can't run the government properly ...and they can't even steal money without it being obvious to everyone.

They are useless at governing and they are useless at stealing.
 

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Stupid thread. What has this got to do with the chief whip? I wonder if you chaps would have posted the same crap if he was DA's chief whip? And Intel, please stop your racist agenda. This sort of thing happen all over the world and not "only in South Africa". WTF WTF WTF
 

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We never had this much crap under Mbeki's administration. Zuma and his cronies are so blaze' about it like fraud and corruption is part of the daily functioning of running the government. They seriously need an attitude adjustment.
 

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I think that you failed to comprehend what he said. What does his wifes shenanigans have to do with his ability to be ANC chief whip?
For a start, it is stated in the article that they are married in community of property, his finances are intertwined with her fraud and corruption, the cANCer party's new chief sadist stands to lose a lot if she is found guilty, and if he cannot convince his own wife in their own home to not engage in criminal activities, how can he set a better example for cANCer party MPs in parliament? (that is a rhetorical question)
 

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One caught with fingers in the proverbial till, probably hundreds more to go. It will never end. TIA
 

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For a start, it is stated in the article that they are married in community of property, his finances are intertwined with her fraud and corruption, the cANCer party's new chief sadist stands to lose a lot if she is found guilty, and if he cannot convince his own wife in their own home to not engage in criminal activities, how can he set a better example for cANCer party MPs in parliament? (that is a rhetorical question)
Other people are unable to convince their adulterous wifes to not fornicate with brother-in-law, and it could be that they are oblivious spies working for the SSA who have no clue that wifey wears stockings and sneaks out to romp whoever. So please give another reason to explain how the shaddy dealings of this guy's wife make him ineligible for ANC chief whip post, please note that he was an ordinary MP who now has the spotlight on him.
 

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She is his wife, or did you not read the article?
Yes, I did read the article. But I am not going to punish someone for the sins of his brother, sister, wife, parent. If your father kills my mother, will you be happy if I go after YOU for murder? I swear, some people are bending backwards just to portray the ANC in a bad light. Sure they make mistakes but around how many corners are you prepared to point the finger?
 

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Yes, I did read the article. But I am not going to punish someone for the sins of his brother, sister, wife, parent. If your father kills my mother, will you be happy if I go after YOU for murder? I swear, some people are bending backwards just to portray the ANC in a bad light. Sure they make mistakes but around how many corners are you prepared to point the finger?
He would be questioned and if he helped they will be after him.

With fraud ( I investigate with in our company ) the spouse usually partook in the scheme or was aware of it 100%

If I suddenly have extra income my husband would know. Living above my salary with out using credit cards?

Surely you would know? How can you live with someone and not see extra income.

I will give him the benefit of the doubt if it is found that she is hiding the money somewhere. I would also divorce her ass and testify against her if they take my house and things I have paid for.

But like I said 99% of the time the spouse is involved.
 

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Other people are unable to convince their adulterous wifes to not fornicate with brother-in-law, and it could be that they are oblivious spies working for the SSA who have no clue that wifey wears stockings and sneaks out to romp whoever. So please give another reason to explain how the shaddy dealings of this guy's wife make him ineligible for ANC chief whip post, please note that he was an ordinary MP who now has the spotlight on him.
I did not know that the wife of cANCer party's chief sadist is also accused of cheating on her husband, but fraud and money laundering that has deprived many teachers of jobs, and deprived students of a basic education, is considerably more serious and despicable than her extra-marital activities that affect far fewer people. He should really consider getting a divorce before she is convicted.
 

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I did not know that the wife of cANCer party's chief sadist is also accused of cheating on her husband, but fraud and money laundering that has deprived many teachers of jobs, and deprived students of a basic education, is considerably more serious and despicable than her extra-marital activities that affect far fewer people. He should really consider getting a divorce before she is convicted.
Oh dear. Fukking and money laundering is it now the same thing?
Having a stickies on the side is suppose to be oke with in the African culture? Or did she pay her stukkie with money she stole?

( broad strokes I know but even those who don't participate don't think it is wrong)
 
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