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Calls for action after recordings expose alleged cosy relationship between Blade Nzimande, NSFAS chair Ernest Khosa and service providers 

Calls for action after recordings expose alleged cosy relationship between Blade Nzimande, NSFAS chair Ernest Khosa and service providers 
From left: Former National Student Financial Aid Scheme chair Ernest Khosa. (Photo: Gallo Images / OJ Koloti) | Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande. (Photo: Gallo Images / ER Lombard)

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande threatened legal action after an NPO released a report and recordings in which suppliers and NSFAS board chairperson Ernest Khosa discussed rampant corruption in the higher education tender system. 'The minister wishes to reject the malicious allegations contained in the leaked OUTA report,’ the department said in a statement.

Blade Nzimande’s name loomed large in a new report by the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), which allegedly links the Minister of Higher Education, the chair of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), Ernest Khosa, and others to rampant corruption in tender procurement for higher education.

Outa says a whistleblower has shared two recordings allegedly of talks between Khosa, Thula Ntumba and an unnamed third party, in which they discuss kickbacks, mismanagement and political meddling in NSFAS, which have brought the scheme to its knees. 

On Thursday, Outa released the recordings, transcripts of the recordings as well as a detailed 51-page report on the alleged corruption, in which Khosa, an unnamed supplier and Ntumba, the husband of Tshegofatso Ntumba (a director in Coinvest, one of four service providers appointed to disburse payments to students) discuss corruption investigations and alleged kickbacks for tenders, favours and “protection”.

Outa has called for Nzimande’s resignation or axing. 

The centre of the rot

In June 2022, NSFAS appointed four service providers with links to the government: Coinvest Africa (Pty) Ltd, Tenet Technology (Pty) Ltd, Ezaga Holdings (Pty) Ltd and Norraco Corporation (Pty) Ltd. Subsequently, NSFAS’s payment system to students “all but collapsed”, Outa says. 

Outa had warned at the time that awarding the tender to these service providers to disburse direct payments to students would cause problems with the payments. It has also published several reports exposing how funds were being mismanaged and the role of former NSFAS CEO Andile Nongogo in the alleged corruption.

Nzimande’s name is at the centre of the corruption allegations: it was he who appointed both Nongogo as CEO of NSFAS and Khosa as the chairperson of the NSFAS board. Nzimande remains associated with the SA Communist Party (SACP) — an organisation he served for 24 years as general secretary, before his appointment as its national chairperson on 16 July 2022.

Nzimande served as Minister of Higher Education from 11 May 2009 to 17 October 2017 and as Minister of Transport from February 2018 until he was reappointed to the higher education ministry in May 2019. 

Khosa became a non-executive member of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) board on 1 April 2018. That same year, Nzimande, then the Minister of Transport, appointed him as chairperson of SACAA’s board. In December 2020 Nzimande, then Minister of Higher Education, installed Khosa as chairperson of the NSFAS board. 

This despite Khosa’s resignation in 2005 as CEO of the Mpumalanga Economic Empowerment Commission (MEEC) – now known as the Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency – just before a forensic audit report into widespread systematic fraud, corruption and mismanagement was scheduled to be released by PwC detailing his role in irregular multimillion-rand loans to MEEC board members and contracts to companies linked to senior managers at the commission. 

Nongogo was CEO at the Services SETA (SSETA) at the time the tenders were awarded to the four service providers. He was fired from NSFAS on 24 October 2023, after a board-commissioned investigation by Werksmans Attorneys and Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi found rampant irregularities with the tender process.  

An earlier investigation by Outa showed Nongogo had signed off on payments for goods and services delivered to SSETA as part of a rebranding campaign that cost R37-million. 

Criminal charges have been laid against him. 

The taped conversations, believed to have been recorded by one of the suppliers meeting with Khosa, are of two separate meetings which took place after the NSFAS board resolved to put Nongogo on special leave on 16 August to allow the Werksmans investigation into his conduct to proceed. 

Read more in Daily Maverick: NSFAS CEO Andile Nongogo faces axe after ‘conflict of interest’ in appointment of payment providers

The announcement of Nongogo’s leave of absence came a day after Khosa met with Ntumba, an auditor and businessman, who is involved in companies that won tenders worth R39.7-million (for a forensic investigation) and R62.3 million at SSETA (along with a JV partner Menzi Fakude) and a further R2.7 million at the Construction Education and Training Authority. 

Padding costs

His consultancy, Ntumba and Associates Consulting, is also on the panel of NSFAS financial management companies.

Star Sign and Print, of which Tshegofatso Ntumba is a director, was awarded the R39.7-million tender by SSETA for the printing and branding of promotional items. The company massively padded costs.

According to Outa’s investigation none of the invoiced prices was questioned by Nongogo, who authorised payments for items or services such as the following:

  • R93,579.60 for 20 branded T-shirts (costing R4,679 each);
  • R264,340 for six branded umbrellas (R44,057 per umbrella);
  • R187,600 for video services for a one-day event;
  • R58,800 for 60 coasters (R980 per coaster);
  • R36,300 to design a letterhead;
  • R36,300 to redesign a payment advice form (where only three minor changes were made to the existing form);
  • R668,200 to print 100 copies of the SSETA Annual Performance Plan;
  • R58,400 for photography services at a one-day event; and
  • R302,010 for a tender box’s vinyl branding.

‘Conspiracy’ 

In the first recording, Khosa is heard talking to “Mr A” and “Mr B”, who are not identified.

The men discuss the latter’s history at the MEEC as well as Outa’s report on the SSETA tender awarded to Star Sign and Print implicating Nongogo as he approved payments for goods and services at highly inflated prices. 

Khosa: “I have walked that road before by the way (believed to be referring to the MEEC investigation).”

Mr B: “You know it. But if Outa can get that information Chair, they put it on the (inaudible)… Because that is what they are doing. Because I see the CEO SETA thing. There is no link between what he’s doing here and what he did in the past. I mean it’s unwarranted.” 

Khosa: “Yoh, yoh, yoh, yoh… But what they have done, what we’re unable to do, is to sponsor certain people to do certain things. Because right now there is a journalist who is calling all of us about yesterday’s board decision.”

They also discuss a political conspiracy to remove Nzimande and the board. Khosa: “But that [the Outa report] is not the problem. The point is that they wanted these things to remove the minister and they wanted this thing to remove the board by tomorrow.”

When Mr A suggests Outa is a “hired gun”, Khosa responds: “The enemy is our own people who wants to move. This is Buti Manamela (Higher Education Deputy Minister).” 

Khosa then tells the men that “we will never kill anybody around this table”, which is interpreted to mean that they will not terminate the service providers’ contracts.

The chair then tells them to find a law firm that they “can manage”. Ntumba responds by suggesting Werksmans Attorneys for the investigation, and promising to give Khosa the name of a partner at the firm that NSFAS would be able to control. That plan backfired because Werksmans’ recommendations went against NSFAS, its CEO and the four suppliers.

Mr B also asks Khosa about certain letters that Nongogo had to sign. Khosa confirms he changed the contents. “I saw the letters. As a matter of fact, I have contributed in shaping the letters and I added a few things.”

A City Press article on 22 October 2023 quoted Nongogo as linking his suspension to off-take agreements between companies handpicked by a senior government official and Khosa. Nongogo claimed Khosa and a ministerial adviser had given him a list before his suspension and he was put under pressure to ensure that the companies received the off-take agreements.

Nongogo further alleged his electronic signature was used after his suspension and without his permission to issue student accommodation off-take agreement letters to 12 potential service providers.

In the recording, Khosa warns that Nzimande is worried their relationship with the service providers will become known, adding he suspects investigators are tracking their cellphones.

“They are checking our cellphones. They say they will release these things. That is what is scaring the minister. He is shit scared.”

‘Manage this man’

The second recording is split in two: at first Mr A (Ntumba) and another unidentified person (“Mr C”) meet at a restaurant; Khosa then joins them at the restaurant. 

In the first half, Ntumba and Mr C discuss “managing” Khosa and their belief that someone is controlling the chair, resulting in the decision to rush the Werksmans probe, and Khosa’s role in destroying the CEO’s career. 

Mr C: “I think let’s manage this man.”

Ntumba: “So, what is he saying? What is his end game? We are having a discussion about when we must do something. There must be an end game.”

Mr C: “But so, I don’t think he has clearly defined the end game. For him it’s about, and that’s my assessment, it’s about monetising. But I think they’ve got power too, you know Mr Ntumba, if for instance they can start by saying, I was thinking about this, they can say the report yeah, the CEO the investigation must be for three months. Why must they rush and make it a month? That’s my thinking. In that three months of work time, it’s the end of the year. Because now they are ceding to pressure from these guys, the Outa and them…”

Ntumba: “Remember, Action SA Youth League went to court to say they want to set aside this thing. Once you do that, they will set aside everything. I’m telling you.

Mr C: “No, no, I see he wants to take us all out. It’s like threatening, so that we can give him many things.”

The men discuss the service providers’ failure to find more than 30,000 Unisa students and 685 at the University of Stellenbosch through Know Your Customer verification, using Khosa’s past against him, and their belief Nongogo is the victim of a political smear campaign. 

“I … just to send him a text direct with an unknown number to say we are taking these things of your past to the media… it seems like he forgets where he is from.” 

Ntumba: “He was acquitted.”

Mr C: “No no no. But it doesn’t matter. The politics is playing with the CEO. And it’s not as if the CEO is guilty.”

Later, Mr C says: “I’m going to send that thing (an SMS to Khosa) today, Mr Ntumba, but as if I’m a journalist. I’m asking questions. How were you appointed with this history just to uncover that you have this and this and that how were you made chairperson of two things, you know? Surely you are more corrupt than the suspended CEO. Something like that.” 

Then Ntumba tells Mr C he is very upset that people forget favours, saying he will remind Khosa. “I gave him a million rands for the Communist Party. Just imagine. For the conference. When there was nothing. I donated with the very same company that created T-shirts last year together with the bags.”

Ntumba sponsored the SACP’s 2022 conference with the amount R1-million. His wife’s company, Star Sign and Print, donated T-shirts and bags for the event, according to the report. 

Confirming their distrust of Khosa and that payments were made to the chair, Mr C says: “Because the way he is dealing with us, he is becoming an enemy and … he’s misleading us, taking our monies and everything else. Because this thing is on the internet it’s still there.” 

Ntumba: “So, it means that these people are fighting for that six million. Remember at some point he was demanding. He said he and the minister want six million.”

When Khosa joins the men in the restaurant, the three discuss the not-yet-released Werksmans report, the SIU investigation, Outa’s involvement and the possibility of the contracts being cancelled. 

Mr C then discusses incentives, saying although things are not going as well as planned, the “two top players” will still give incentives of “100 each”. 

Ntumba responds: “We’ll make a plan. I don’t think the source is key. At this stage is to try and see what we can do. But I don’t think the source matters. Chair knows we’ve been doing a lot of things even before this thing came. And the party that he belongs to, his minister, he knows. We’ve been giving them serious things. Even before these things are here. And the hole is huge. Because of historic and where we are coming from, you know. It’s fine.”

During discussions of the progress of the Werksmans’ probe, Ntumba asks that – should the Werksmans report recommend cancelling the service provider contracts – that it is done in such a way that Coinvest will not look “guilty” because Coinvest works with other entities and cannot afford to lose its Nedbank sponsorship.

Khosa later tells the men if the investigation recommends cancelling the service providers’ contracts, these recommendations will be made to the board and the board will have the final say. The board could decide to implement the recommendations, to consult with the parties or not to accept the recommendation.

SACP response

SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo told Daily Maverick that the SACP “has never and will never” approach anyone to seek funding support illegitimately. 

“We will not allow anyone to engage in shenanigans and to try and co-opt the name of our party into those shenanigans. We stand firm in our stance against corruption. We saw the transcripts of the recordings by the third party from Outa, but we remain firm in what we have said.”

On Friday, the Department of Higher Education tweeted a lumbering response from Nzimande, stating it noted with serious concern the allegations levelled against him. “The minister wishes to reject the malicious allegations contained in the leaked outer report and further reassures the public that he never used any money from any departments entities (sic) for the purpose of funding the South African Communist Party.

“The minister views the allegations … as reckless and largely based on gossip and are intended to determine a smooth start to the 2024 academic year. Furthermore, given the damaging allegations continued in this report, the minister reserves the right to take the necessary legal action.”

Nzimande reaffirmed his and his department’s commitment to clean government within the department and its entities. 

“He remains focused on the immediate task of preparing for the start of the 2024 academic year and we call upon our post school education and training stakeholders not to be distracted but to focus on the start of the academic year.”

The phone number provided on Ntumba’s consultancy website was not working on Friday and an email was not acknowledged. Requests for comment from Coinvest and Tshegofatso Ntumba also went unanswered.

Daily Maverick received no response from NSFAS or Khosa, despite emails and calls to the provided numbers.

NSFAS’s spokesperson Ishmael Minisi was quoted by SABC saying: “There is absolutely nothing wrong that the leadership has done. They have not received any money from anyone as it is being alleged that there has been such. There is no money that the chairperson has received for his personal gain nor the minister nor the South African Communist Party.”

Rudie Heyneke, Outa’s investigations manager, said it was “unethical, highly irregular and against all the principles of good governance” for the chairperson of the board to meet with service providers and ask for their input on board decisions. “Why was it even necessary for Khosa to meet these people and to update them on internal matters and request their input for the way forward?”

Heyneke said the Werksmans’ report vindicated Outa’s findings on Nongogo’s involvement with the awarding of tenders to Coinvest, Ezaga, Norraco and Tenet Technology (Tenetech). “Outa is satisfied with the outcome of the Werksmans’ investigation. While Khosa – on the advice of Ntumba – appointed Werksmans in the mistaken belief that they would be able to control the firm and influence the outcome of the investigation, this plan definitely backfired,” Heyneke said. 

“While NSFAS acted on Werksmans’ recommendation that Nongogo should be removed as CEO, it remains unclear why the four service providers haven’t been removed yet, especially since thousands of students countrywide are still waiting for allowances and tuition fees for last year to be paid – it is clear for everyone to see that the service providers are not capable of doing the job… To date, Outa understands that the service providers have not received any notification of any cancellation.”

On 4 October 2023 NSFAS told the Higher Education Portfolio Committee in Parliament that 25,803 (or 6.5%) of the required beds had been accredited. Heyneke said it was “highly unlikely” that there will be enough beds accredited in time for the new academic year, which starts in a couple of weeks. 

Outa has shared the recordings and investigation report with authorities and is writing to Ramaphosa requesting Nzimande’s removal as a Cabinet minister and Khosa’s removal as NSFAS chairperson. It also plans to open a criminal complaint against Nzimande, Khosa and Ntumba, and inform Nedbank about the conduct of their client Coinvest. “Nedbank needs to thoroughly investigate their client and reconsider their sponsorship.”

Outa’s full report on the NSFAS recordings has been posted online as have the full recordings: meeting one and meeting two.

On 1 January, EWN reported that NSFAS was yet to disburse allowances for 20,000 students. The NSFAS board held an extraordinary meeting on 31 December to discuss outstanding issues, which included the student allowances, budget adjustments and preparations for the 2024 academic year.

Department of Higher Education spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi was quoted as saying: “The NSFAS is determined to conclude all the outstanding 2023 disbursements by the 15th of January 2024, in consultation with the affected institutions. This will ensure that the 2023 bursary allowances do not affect the returning students for the academic year 2024.”

Jacaranda FM reported this week that the South African Union of Students said it didn’t believe NSFAS had the capacity to meet its own deadline, with chairperson Asive Dlanjwa saying they had given NSFAS until the end of the month to conclude all outstanding payments. “The budget has been cut by about R14-billion from students of the poor who are going to be lining up at institutions of higher learning. 

“That on its own is a recipe for pandemonium coupled with the infective systems at NSFAS – failing to administer funds from a month-to-month basis. Those things alone guarantee that we are going to have a disastrous registration period.” DM

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  • Graeme de Villiers says:

    Just. WOW

  • Ben Hawkins says:

    Corruption is staple food for ANC cadres

    • J vN says:

      As is greed for Marxists, like the shrill-voiced, crater-faced Cde Nzimande. Commie morons like Nzimande have throughout history been characterized by poor financial skills but huge greed. The father of the reedy-voiced little comrade’s cancerous ideology, Karl Marx, could never manage his money, and was forever borrowing money from his mate, Friedrich Engels, including when he knocked up his domestic servant.

  • David Bristow says:

    Who vetted those stupid and unethical comments by “Pamela Khumlo”? Is the DM centre not holding?

  • Dennis Bailey says:

    Yep ANC needs prayer and a silent retreat for at least three decades having proved over and over they are not fit for purpose at the expense of the most vulnerable.

  • JC Coetzee says:

    Produce according to your ability, receive according to your needs. Aye, Blade, what has happened to that dream?

    • J vN says:

      No communist has ever truly believed that little nugget of wisdom, including the crater-faced little comrade, Blade Nzimande. Without exception, comrades like the shrill-voiced Nzimande believe in communism for thee, but not for me. As the joke went: “Champagne is delicious, comrades, and the Party will taste it on behalf of the People.”

    • Con Tester says:

      Well, dear Blade has very great need and correspondingly minuscule ability, so he’s living that dream.

  • Middle aged Mike says:

    ‘The minister wishes to reject the malicious allegations contained in the leaked OUTA report”

    That and the empty threat of legal action pretty much guarantee that its true. Kleptocommunisn is best communism after all. How anyone remains unable to see through these thieving cretins is beyond me.

    • Jimbo Smith says:

      This is standard script for these rampaging thieves when cornered…lie, blame, threaten legal action & then hit replay! Consider the huge number of books written about the theft & pillage and to date not ONE author/journalist has ended up in court. Reason; ethical people do thorough research based on factual evidence before going to print. The real tragedy for this country is that few, if any, of these corrupt criminals have seen the inside of a court room. They treat the legal process with contempt and plunder on.

  • Jon Quirk says:

    Blade is obviously a lot less sharp than the proverbial village idiot. The last thing any sensible person would do when a recording shows you to be corrupt, is to sue, thus ensuring all the other duller blades in the pack who might not be able to read the Daily Maverick for meaning, get to know how corrupt he really is!

    But astute Daily Maverick readers know that being corrupt is just a rite of passage for senior ANC cadre; it identifies them as birds of a feather with far more certainty than dodgy, secret society, “handshakes”!

  • Geoff Coles says:

    I only read part but stopped more or less at the amounts spent on tee-shirts, coasters and umbrellas.
    The truth is outBlade!

  • ndipiwe.classic says:

    A glimpse into how widespread, pervasive and common corruption is in this wannabe democracy.

  • Rae Earl says:

    Where there’s smoke… All these people appear to be engulfed in flames of corruption, and the flames appear to be going up the ladder to include Blade Nzimande and the SACP. Hats off to OUTA, Daily Maverick, and all the other media houses who have put the spotlight on these activities with their investigative reporting. They have nothing to gain by indulging in fake news or misreporting. The facts speak for themselves.

  • Gregory Scott says:

    Happy New Year to all
    The fraud and corruption of the ANC and the SACP is nothing short of gangsters in office.
    I look forward to the election in May this year so that the voice of the people can be heard through the ballot box.
    Once these ANC and SACP gangsters are removed from positions of power and influence, corrective actions can commence from the top down, that is, from the President down to every employee of the state that is paid out of tax payers money.
    These thieving and conniving gangsters must be held accountable for the crimes they have committed against all South Africans.
    Perhaps a Truth and Reconciliation type of action is needed to rat these gangsters out with the objective to ensure a speedy prosecution, verdict, sentence and incarceration process that removes these gangsters from society for all citizens to witness.

  • Andrew Johnson says:

    “The minister wishes to reject the malicious allegations contained in the leaked OUTA report,’ the department said in a statement.” Really? Did OUTA leak its own report?

    This culture is endemic and deep-seated – so much so that it seems a matter of how best to “manage” the situation rather than ever recognizing and acknowledging the breakdown of governance – and the small step from there into widespread corruption.

  • Kerry van Schalkwyk says:

    Just another example of ANC & SACP lies & corruption. I hope the electorate actually wake up & don’t allow these criminals to steal for another 4 years. Sadly it will only be the ones who don’t have their hands in the cookie-jar who see these scum-bags for who they really are. Cry the Beloved Country, indeed.

    • Gavin Hillyard says:

      The bulk of the populace will never become aware of the corruption for the simple reason that they have no access to factual, unbiased information. So I fear it will be a cross for the incumbents as usual come election time. Multiple choice question – What is SA? (a) A Kleptocracy, (b) An Ineptocracy, (c) A Mediocracy or (d) A Kakistocracy? Answer : All of the above

  • G O says:

    Will they go to jail? No.

  • Rob Alexander says:

    If Blade Nzimande’s snout is NOT in the trough, then he must sue. Threats to sue is just another load of BS.

  • b.breytenbach says:

    One surmises the Honorable Minister and his comrades must now be cursing in all the indigenous (native) languages approved (or anointed) by him. I can only hope the brave warriors at Stellenbosch University make sure this happens in Afrikaans as well. This is the moment (awkward, granted…) for the supine spines to be redressed and, in the name of the strive for Excellence, stand up for the richness of cursing in Afrikaans!

  • D'Esprit Dan says:

    Nothing to see folks, move on now, just the daily corruption of the soulless, evil cronies of the ANC. Ponzi scheme politics at its most basic – appoint, gorge, brown envelopes, rinse repeat, until all the money is gone (we’re getting close).

    The bit that I did find interesting is the allegation that the Deputy Minister is behind the revelations, apparently looking to move up a salary notch, revealing just how brazen the infighting is – but also that the inner circles of the ANC all know what’s going on and simply keep their powder dry until they can use it for self-advancement. Shameful, from a shameless kleptocracy.

  • Nazeem Edwards says:

    Pseudocommunists on a feeding frenzy in a land of capitalists.

  • Dragon Slayer says:

    No surprise – the only question is whether the corruption was for the ANC or SACP – in which case it will end up at the internal (no) integrity commission – if it only benefitted Nzimande he may at worst be side-lined after 2024 elections. He – like Zuma – knows where the skeletons are buried.

  • Penny Philip says:

    Yet another of the ‘old guard’ who believes he is entitled to ‘compensation’ for his participation on the Liberation Struggle. Once his snout reached the trough of government money, all thoughts raising the poor from their poverty went out the window. A closer look at Gwede Mantashe needs to be done too.

    • Senzo Moyakhe says:

      No ma’am, more like the shields used for welding. No digging needs to be done on Greedy Mantoush, it’s all out there to see, blindingly so!

  • Steve Davidson says:

    The might not be great hewers of wood or drawers of water, but my heaven they know how to steal!!

    • Michael Thomlinson says:

      Being in the print related industry, I am absolutley blown away by the prices charged. The print and signage industry is normally very competitive and to say that there is padding in the pricing is a misnomer. Padding should read ripoff on steroids! I will bet that “Star Print & Sign” does not even own a printer and is simply raking in the profits. But of course these morons don’t care and they don’t have any moral compass. It will be off to the Porsche dealer to order another car once the money is in their accounts.

  • Craig A says:

    Maybe it is time for a revolution – a tax revolution. We, the taxpayers, are funding this corruption, so if we don’t pay for a few months (until the elections), the ANC will be broke!

    • Con Tester says:

      I’m always intrigued by the unrealistic suggestion of a tax revolt. Perhaps I’m missing something, but taken together, personal income tax, corporate income tax, and VAT make up 72% of SA’s tax revenue (32%, 18% & 22%, respectively). How do you propose to convince businesses to withhold those taxes from SARS? Because the likelihood is vanishingly small that they will in any significant numbers agree to commit a criminal offence for the sake of principle.

      But, as said, I may be missing something. If so, please enlighten me as to what it is.

      • Phil Baker says:

        is VAT only 22% I thought it would be more

        • Con Tester says:

          The figures I cited are for tax year 2021, so they may have changed slightly since then. VAT is the second largest revenue contributor after personal income tax. It is followed by corporate income tax, and then other taxes where the state has direct access to, and control of, the source, such as excise duties and import taxes. This last portion accounts for about 16% of the revenue.

  • Ian Gwilt says:

    Did they receive the money (donation) or not, simple answer would do
    Please Blade sue everybody, unfortunately like all the other windbags who threaten but never act he will not want his day in court.

  • Coen Gous says:

    My mind simply find it impossible to understand all this, but compliment both OUTA and DM for exposing this “alleged” transgressions. Stopped my subscription at an another online media outlet (by far the largest in the country) for what I believe is a transgression of media integrity. Will simply transfer that monthly subscription fee to DM, which I am afraid, is the only media outlet left in this country where I can follow news of importance knowing that it is credible.

  • Alexis Kriel says:

    These amounts!? Anyone who has organised events knows what the real cost is. Completely outrageous

    R93,579.60 for 20 branded T-shirts (costing R4,679 each);
    R264,340 for six branded umbrellas (R44,057 per umbrella);
    R187,600 for video services for a one-day event;
    R58,800 for 60 coasters (R980 per coaster);
    R36,300 to design a letterhead;
    R36,300 to redesign a payment advice form (where only three minor changes were made to the existing form);
    R668,200 to print 100 copies of the SSETA Annual Performance Plan;
    R58,400 for photography services at a one-day event; and
    R302,010 for a tender box’s vinyl branding

  • William Kelly says:

    Brave recorder of the recordings. I wonder how long they have left?

  • Peter Worman says:

    African National Corruption

  • John Smythe says:

    No honour among thieves. They just “manage” one another by pushing the knife in slowly with a quick twist at the end.

  • Confucious Says says:

    What? A corrupt communist? Surely not! Quick to tell the free people how they need to be controlled… by him and the other crook. Minster of anything is laughable! Higher education hahahahahaha hahahahaha

  • Charles Butcher says:

    Give blade the axe he is like the othe anc crooks just a common thief

  • Middle aged Mike says:

    Lenin was being ferried about in a snow ski equipped Rolls Royce within a year of taking power. Commies have loved the champagne life from the outset and our crop are no different. One of my favourite images of Cde Blade was of him alighting from his chaffeur driven 7 series BMW while wearing one of those silly Lenin cosplay caps. At the time he was secretary general of the SA kleptocommies and had official vehicles and homes in Gauteng and Cape Town. I remember thinking how fabulously that represented the practise of communism.

  • This is a well orchestrated criminal syndicate and they killing life of poor SA students and to them its a game what a shame.

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