Abe Williams conviction

Abe Williams conviction

21 June 2000

ANC says conviction of Abe Williams vindicates ANC`s anti-corruption campaign in the Western Cape.

The ANC today welcomed the conviction of Abe Williams on over 40 counts of fraud, corruption and theft.

ANC Provincial Secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha said that the leader of the ANC in the Western Cape Ebrahim Rasool had been vindicated in his decision (while MEC for Welfare in the Western Cape), to call for an investigation which led to the cancellation of the NISEC tender.

The ANC also launched a campaign in 1998 against corruption in the Western Cape in line with the National Government`s anti corruption drive. There are a number of instances of alleged corruption which are currently under investigation in the Western Cape.

In his judgement yesterday Judge Cleaver also referred to the evidence of ANC leader Ebrahim Rasool and described him as a credible and honest witness.

At the time when charges were brought against Mr Williams, he threatened to bring a defamation case against Mr Rasool for R2,5 million.

Commenting on the judgement Mr Skwatsha said: "We are appalled that the Premier and leader of the NNP only today announced that he will appoint an investigation team to consider the future of Mr Williams as a Member of Parliament and ofthe NNP. The High Court has said that Abe Williams is a thief, what more does Morkel want? "The NNP is not serious about the fight against corruption. One of their councillors in the CMC, Mr Karel Sambaba, faces corruption charges of over R1 million in the Atlantis Regional Court, yet he remains a Councillor.

"The premier is dragging his feet in regard to the investigation into MEC Freda Adams in regard to her administration of IDT funds granted to the Tonkie Bosman school. While we still await the Public Protector Report into the Smarty Town housing corruption, an NNP councillor who is alleged to have signed approval for the houses which were not completed, has since been promoted to Exco on the Helderberg Council.

"The role of MEC Herandien in regard to this matter also needs to be clarified.

"It is clear that the NNP, under Morkel`s leadership, is on its death bed.

"The DP, who is in coalition with the NNP, must say whether they support Abe Williams continuing to hold office as an MP. Hennie Bester and the DP must also explain how Leon Markowitz, NNP MEC for Finance, has been appointed by himself as chair of the International Convention Centre, despite extensive interests in the hotel industry in Cape Town. This is a clear conflict of interest"

Issued by ANC Western Cape Communications Department

Contact Cameron Dugmore, Head of Department: 082-894-7553,
or Gert Witbooi, Media Officer: 082-570-9118.