After the criminal was arrested, a series of Facebook posts may shed light on the life of a little-known ANC employee who was arrested this month for his alleged involvement in a cash-in-transit heist in Soweto.
On Wednesday, it emerged that 33-year-old Errol Velile Present was among four men police nabbed for the July 4 cash-in-transit armed robbery that took place on Elias Motsoaledi Road in Soweto.
Present’s apparent moonlighting has cost him his job at the ANC headquarters, Luthuli House, where it is understood he has worked for roughly 12 years.
The ANC announced on Wednesday it had terminated his employment and his party membership was also on the line – but was silent in official statements over why it took no action in the two weeks immediately after Present’s arrest.
A LinkedIn page believed to belong to Present indicated he was a “marketing director” for the ANC. But media reports revealed he was part of a national audit committee tasked with digging into party membership irregularities nearly a decade ago.
The committee, which comprised Present, Mandla Dlamini and Mandla Twala, recommended that the ANC Western Cape provincial executive committee be dissolved due to corruption and fraud it uncovered.
Dlamini was later appointed the ANC co-ordinator and spokesperson in the Western Cape. A LinkedIn page identifies Twala as the ANC national membership co-ordinator.
Present’s Facebook page showed he was an active political member of the party, even putting his name forward to be elected as chairperson of a Gauteng sub-region.
The page also holds other clues in the absence of any evidence of an exceptionally lavish lifestyle – but shows Present is deeply devoted to the ANC.
In September 2017 he wrote: “I feel blessed to have ANC as my second home and its members as my family.”
Present is no stranger to controversy, however.
In February last year, the Sunday Times exposed the existence of a report by auditing firm Deloitte which detailed how Present and business partner Moses Boshomane, had been “gifted” a R97m farm in Limpopo.
The farm came their way in 2012 allegedly after intervention by former land reform minister, Gugile Nkwinti.
Nkwinti had allegedly introduced Present to a deputy director general in the department, Vusi Mahlangu, at a land summit. Eight months later, the deal was sealed – along with a R30m bankroll for salaries and infrastructure development for the farm.
But by March 2016 the farm Bekendvlei, was run down and 3 000 head of cattle, valued at about R18m, were gone.
Machinery had also disappeared and just five months after Present and Boshomane took over the farm, workers stopped receiving salaries.
Mahlangu was later fired for his involvement and a draft report by Deloitte, dated May 2016 recommended that Nkwinti be charged for possible corruption.
“I work for the ANC, not for the government, and I am entitled to benefit like any other citizen of this country,” Present was quoted as saying at the time.