ANC did not interfere in R500-million contract: USAASA

In a statement issued on Wednesday, 21 May 2014, the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa) denied allegations that it received instruction from the ANC to award a R500-million contract to Cell C.

It said that it “regrets the dragging of the African National Congress (ANC) in its affairs by some disgruntled and hopeless former employees.”

This follows a report in the Sunday Independent which cited court documents filed by former executive manager of programmes at Usaasa, Mmatlou Morudu.

According to the report, Morudo said that he lost his job for not awarding a contract for the upgrade of the communications network at eMalahleni Municipality to Cell C.

Usaasa goes on to question the “mental capacity” of Morudo in its statement and dismissed the “desperate stunt” as an anti-government political move “with the contempt it deserves”.

“Furthermore, the suggestion of the existence of tension between Usaasa and the Department of Communication deserves no glorification as this animosity only exist in the minds of some angry people,” the statement said.

This is a response to the allegations that the DoC is working to seize control of the Universal Service and Access Fund, which is currently administered by Usaasa.

The full statement from the agency is reproduced below:

The Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa [USAASA] regrets the dragging of the African National Congress [ANC] in its affairs by some disgruntled and hopeless former employees.

In their desperate attempt to extort money from the USAASA, these people have gone beyond insulting the ANC government and graduated to being anti-Government Agents whose main task is to manufacture lies with a view of discrediting our hard earned democratic institutions.

These people have been ‘reliable’ sources of opposition parties and anti-Government forces for a very long time.

General Bantu Holomisa, leader of the UDM, wrote a so-called open letter to the President of the Republic making wild allegations of corruption and maladministration against the Agency and quoted one of these people as his reliable source.

On the basis of Holomisa’s unfounded and malicious allegations, the Ministry of Communication commissioned Gobodo to conduct a forensic investigation into the affairs of the Agency.

The outcomes of this investigation remain as a draft report due to reasons only known by its commissioners and authors.

President Zuma, in his quest for clean governance, signed a proclamation instructing the Special Investigation Unit to probe these allegations.

The Agency was hoping that the SIU would be allowed space and time to conclude its work and pronounce its findings.

However, some overzealous and angry individuals have decided to conduct their own media driven kangaroo court whose main pre-occupation is to campaign against our government by portraying ANC as an organization that is hell-bent at stealing from the poor.

USAASA believes that bringing the name of the ANC in this mud is not necessary, unfortunate, and an indication of mental capacity of the individuals concerned. For the record, the ANC has never issued any instruction to USAASA.

As the Agency, we dismiss this desperate stunt with the contempt it deserves. We view this act as a desperate attempt to please reactionary forces that are against the implementation of the National Development Plan.

Furthermore, the suggestion of the existence of tension between USAASA and the Department of Communication deserves no glorification as this animosity only exist in the minds of some angry people.

USAASA remains committed to the processes as set out in the proclamation to test allegations of corruption. We will always support initiatives directed at making USAASA better. We are hopeful that SIU will pronounce its findings as soon as possible.

USAASA will never allow forces of doom to disrupt its legislated work of changing our people’s lives for the better.

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