ANC chairman Gwede Mantashe among those charged for corruption by the poopsition party. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen opened a case in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act against top ANC leaders at the Cape Town Central police station  this morning.

The charges were laid against, among others, ANC MP Vincent Smith; party chairman Gwede Mantashe; minister of communications Nomvula Mokonyane; former SAA Chairperson, Dudu Myeni; Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Thabang Makwetla. 

The charges come after media reports that scandal-plagued facility management company Bosasa, now named African Global Operations. 

Steenhuisen told Weekend Argus today they had charge the ANC leaders under that Poca Act 12 of 2004. 

According to reports over the weekend, the company had secured contracts worth around R10 billion from government departments. 

Smith has since stepped aside as co-chairman of parliament's Constitutional Review Committee. 
 
"Bosasa has throughout the years benefitted from being awarded several large contracts by various government departments and entities, reportedly worth more than R10 billion over the next five to ten years. These include the departments of Justice and Correctional Services and the Airports Company of South Africa," Steenhuisen said in a statement earlier today. 

"Given the intersection of Bosasa securing large government contracts, and Bosasa’s provision of various and generous benefits to Smith, Mokonyane, Mantashe, Myeni and the others, all of whom were at one stage or another in a position to potentially help secure some of these contracts for Bosasa, we believe that an investigation into the stated allegations may reveal that criminal offences were indeed committed in terms of sections 3 and 4 of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act.

"The DA stands firmly against corruption and will always ensure that those who violate their oath of office are held accountable.  These serious allegations must be investigated without haste, so the public knows who paid for the upgrades.

"The failing ANC has allowed corruption to flourish and compromise its governance of the country, and South Africans can put an end to this by voting DA in 2019."