The Commission of inquiry into alleged State Capture heard on Wednesday 25 November that State Security Deputy Minister Zizi Kodwa and other ANC officials benefitted from “suspicious” payments amounting to approximately R325 000 from businessman Jehan Mackay.
Mackay – who works for IT service management company EOH – was accused by Steven Powell from ENS Forensics of having furnished then ANC National Spokesperson Kodwa with dozens of suspicious payments between 2015 and 2017.
The allegations emerged as Powell gave testimony relating to EOH’s alleged role in widespread corruption believed to have been committed over the last decade.
EOH payments outlined by forensic investigator
EOH was served with a notice to cancel its contract as a reseller of Microsoft products and severe irregularities relating to the Departments of Defence and Water Affairs were subsequently spotted when Powell arrived to investigate. He said that he discovered a plethora of suspicious payments to several ANC officials, including Kodwa.
He also pointed out Siyabulela Zintwa – who worked at former ANC president Jacob Zuma’s office at Luthuli House – and former ANCYL treasurer-general Reggie Nkabinde as being the recipients of mysterious payments from the company.
“There was a payment of R50,000 to Mr Kodwa again and on 4 December there was a payment of R40,000 to Mr Kodwa and on 18 December 2015, there was a payment of R100,000 to Mr Siybulela Zintwa,” he told Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
“On 2 February 2016, there was a payment of R30,000 to Mr Zizi Kodwa, and on 27 January 2017, there was a payment of R50,000 to Mr Zintwa.”
He added that a payment of R500 000 was also made to the FNB bank account of Mr Nkabinde in June 2017.
Kodwa previously accused of CR17 graft
Kodwa was previously accused alongside Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula of having received suspicious payments from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign for the ANC presidency.
The notorious CR17 campaign has been the subject of testimony over the course of the commission’s investigation, and those allegations against Kodwa – which have been vehemently denied – were made after leaked emails containing information on who donated to the campaign were laid bare to the public in 2019.
Powell’s testimony continues on Wednesday afternoon.