ANC treasurer, Zweli Mkhize astonished MPs by admitted that the Gupta family donated some amount of money to the ANC in 2012.
Mkhize made the startling revelation while answering questions on whether the Guptas paid for the party’s 2012 conference in Mangaung, Free State, in Parliament.
He told an ad-hoc committee on the ANC’s position on party funding, during a presentation that the controversial family played a role in sponsoring the 53rd National Conference of the African National Congress.
The question was fired by EFF MP Marshall Dlamini, who urged the treasurer-general not to lie to Parliament, as it is a criminal offence.
In his response, Mkhize simply answered: “Did the Guptas donate [to the ANC]? Yes, they did. Did they donate to the DA? Yes, they did.”
The National Conference of the ANC, held in Mangaung, re-elected Jacob Zuma as the president of the ANC. It also saw Zuma’s allies occupying all of the top six NEC positions – President, Deputy President, Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General, National Chairperson and Treasurer-General.
It was at the conference that Zuma’s top challenger Kgalema Motlanthe, suffered a humiliating defeat, along with his supporters. Motlanthe had contested the seat of the party’s president with Jacob Zuma. But the latter out-shone the former.
It was also at the conference that Cyril Ramaphosa, Mbete, Gwede Mantashe, Jessie Duarte, Zweli Mkhize, all aced their political careers.
Ramaphosa comfortably defeated Mathews Phosa with 3,018 votes to 470 votes, Baleka Mbete was re-elected with 3,010 votes against Thandi Modise’s 393 votes.
Gwede Mantashe crushed Fikile Mbalula. Now ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize, who was KZN premier at the time humiliated Paul Mashatile by 2,988 votes to 961 while Duarte was peacefully elected unopposed as the party’s deputy secretary-general.