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The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) claims to possess recordings that expose a network of kickbacks involving prominent figures in South Africa’s political landscape.

OUTA says Blade Nzimande, Ernest Khosa, and the South African Communist Party (SACP) allegedly received millions of rands in kickbacks from service providers in exchange for tenders and protection of National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) service providers.

Vezinhlanhla Simelane from the South African Students’ Congress (SASCO) expressed concern, stating that if the allegations are proven true, Nzimande and Khosa should not hold their current positions.

Simelane emphasized the seriousness of the accusations and called for a thorough investigation to determine the authenticity of the evidence.

The African National Congress (ANC) also acknowledged the seriousness of the allegations.

The ANC asserts that if Nzimande and Khosa are found guilty, they should not continue in their current positions. The party calls for a comprehensive investigation, stating that the law must take its course if any wrongdoing is established.

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OUTA is demanding the immediate resignations of Nzimande and Khosa.

Both individuals have denied any involvement in corrupt practices. SACP has been accused of receiving 1.2 million rands for a particular contract, a claim they deny.

Simelane emphasized the need for a fair and thorough legal process. “The allegations against them are very serious, and if proven true, none of them deserves to be in office. However, the evidence needs to be tested in court to ensure its genuineness. We call upon law enforcement agencies to take swift action,” said Simelane.

The timing of these allegations is particularly problematic as the academic year has recently commenced.

SASCO urges for a shift in focus towards resolving these issues to ensure the integrity of educational institutions and government agencies.

The public awaits for further developments and a comprehensive investigation into the alleged kickback scandal involving Nzimande, Khosa, and the SACP.


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