Soko had described his dishing out of R200 notes to poor people as “money-laundering”, a criminal act, but now the influencial businessman has come back to respond.
PRET leader Themba ‘Masofa’ Sgudla has lashed out at Mpumalanga SANCO secretary Mike Soko, describing him as someone who needs prayer “in order to get assisted”.
“Comrade Soko needs prayer seriously,” Sgudla said over the phone. “And when you pray for him you need to close the door so that nobody disturbs and then pray harder. He needs God’s intervention seriously,” he said.
Sgudla was replying to a statement released by Soko on Wednesday this week in which he lambasted the dishing out of R200 notes by Sgudla to poor people during community meetings as “money-laundering”.
“SANCO views this distribution of money as utter money-laundering,” Soko said in a statement this week.
“SANCO therefore calls on the state security agencies to investigate and arrest these money-launderers with immediate effect,” he said.
But Sgudla said he was not fazed by Soko saying this of him.
“Ask him when I give him money doesn’t he take this as money-laundering, only when I give it to others then its money-laundering,” Sgudla said.
“Yes I give Soko money. Not so long ago he asked for it when he met me in Nelspruit and I took it from my back pocket and gave him, was thatnot money-laundering?” the businessman asked when talking to the 013NEWS reporter over the phone.
Mike Soko. PIC MfisoDIGITAL/ZK.
Sgudla said when Soko used to live in eMalahleni, leading SANCO, some years back before he started an funeral undertaker business he used to be “in my payroll”.
“I paid Soko around R10 000 when his life was very hard,” Sgudla told the reporter. “Wasn’t that money-laundering?”
“Look man I work for my money, I’ve made myself to be where I am today as a multi-millionaire at the age of 24 and when I give people money is out of good faith and assisting them to see what they can buy for themselves, though little but better than nothing and these are poor, unemployed people which we have formed PRET to assist to get economically empowered.
“For two years I was paying Soko while he lived in eMalahleni and when SANCO could not afford to give him a salary and I did that out of good faith because he was a good comrade of mine but today Soko has the audacity to go to the media and attack me. Why doesn’t he call me as usual and say, ‘look, comrade Sgudla you are erring here and there comrade, please correct,’ then I correct. Why doesn’t he do that anymore?” Sgudla asked.
Sgudla said he received calls from people from across the province “asking me whether I’m hearing Soko on SABC talking about me and PRET.
“One of these people who called me was Ngrayi Ngwenya (eHlanzeni ANC regional chairman) and he said to me please give me Soko’s numbers I want to ask him why he attacks you.
“I gave Soko’s numbers to Ngrayi and then myself I called Soko and I asked, ‘do you have problems with me?’ Soko said ‘no, I don’t. I can give you the record of my interview with SABC I didn’t say anything’. Then since I’ve been waiting for him to give me the record of his interview with the SABC, which he never did,” Sgudla said.
He also accused Soko of being unfair with the ANC, demanding deployment “as if the ANC is a party of deployments. Don’t force the ANC to do things for you but ask, ‘what can I do for the ANC’ and that is what all of us are doing. To assist the ANC become better and better each day and that is why we have made a pledge as PRET that we will deliver 15 million additional voters to the ANC next year. So he wants deployment and they even staged a walkout at the regional Alliance Summit in Ermelo, that’s being unfair to the ANC man. Very unfair,” Sgudla said.
“Other alliance partners didn’t leave. Only they left, why? They are unfair to the ANC,” he said.
“I’m neither disappointed nor surprised by what he is saying about me that I’m a money-launderer. I give people money out of good faith because that’s how God blesses the hand that gives,” he said.
The civic movement discussed the issue during its extended provincial working committee meeting on Friday last week.
The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) in the Mpumalanga province has called on cops to do their job and arrest the founding leader of the Practical Radical Economic Transformation (PRET) group for money-laundering.
The civic organisation says the businessman’s dishing out of R200 notes to people during events should be looked at by the police and dealt with as it is.
Sgudla, a rich tenderpreneur from the eMalahleni area of Mpumalanga, founded the organisation together with secretary Sunday Mathebula in March 2017 but is known for giving out R200 notes in community meetings to what he says are “the needy”.
But SANCO believes this is a crime and something must be done by the cops to stop it.
“SANCO views this distribution of money as utter money-laundering,” provincial secretary Mike Soko said in a statement this week.
The civic organisation thanks him for forging alliance unity in the Mpumalanga province, calling on other provinces to emulate DD’s achievement.
The South African Civic Organisation in the Mpumalanga province supports ANC provincial leader David Mabuza to ascend to the presidency, deputising Cyril Ramaphosa when the ANC convenes its 54th national conference in December 2017.
This was revealed by the civic organisation’s provincial leader James Skhosana during the ANC’s provincial policy conference this past weekend but has also been confirmed by secretary Mike Soko.
JJ Skhosana thanked Mabuza for doing all he can to unite the alliance and said as SANCO in the Mpumalanga province they feel there’s a need for him to ascend to the ANC’s national office.
J.J Skhosana. MfisoDIGITAL/ZK.
“It is our wish as SANCO that Mpumalanga should be represented in the top 6,” Skhosana said to thunderous applause from ANC delegates at the Mbombela stadium on Saturday morning (17 Jun).
“It is our wish but to achieve it we need to do the right thing,” he said while on stage delivering the civic organisation’s message at the policy conference of the ANC.
Secretary Mike Soko confirmed Skhosana was referring to the position of deputy president.
“Look, our position is clear,” Soko said on Tuesday morning.
“Nationally, SANCO resolved to support comrade Ramaphosa to be president and as Mpumalanga we support comrade DD to be his deputy,” he said.
“Let me repeat this, we want comrade DD Mabuza to be comrade Cyril’s deputy and we want nobody else,” Soko said.
The civic organisation resolved to support a decision taken by its national structure to support ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa ahead of the ANC’s elective congress in December 2017.
The South African National Civic Organisation held its provincial elective congress, electing its leadership and taking major decisions.
Over 650 delegates from all four Mpumalanga regions attended the civic organisation’s 7th congress at the Aventura Resort in Badplaas on Friday.
National chairman David Mkhwanazi addressed the congress and emphasised on the importance of the presence of the civic organisation in our society as a movement of community members, preaching development.
Provincial chairman James Skhosana returned to his seat as well as secretary Mike Soko.
Chrisjan Mokoena emerged as Skhosana’s deputy while Lekwa sub-region chairman Linda Dhlamini comes in as Soko’s deputy.
Delegates also elected Phakamile Twala, Doctor Mwale, Roy Ledwaba, George Mthimunye, Lemias Mashile, Thuli Nkosi, Daniel Kabini, David Masombuka,
Willie Msiza, Anastacia Covaloh, Sonto Radebe, Siki Sithole, Juliet Radebe-Khumalo, Chris Magagula, Nunu McDonald, Walter Sithole, Judith Mkhize, Elizabeth Mashele, Tumale Mashego and Tshidiso Makhubedo as additional members of SANCO’s provincial executive committee.
In a statement released late on Saturday, Soko said as SANCO in the Mpumalanga province they have an interest in who leads the ANC ahead of its national elective congress.
Alliance leaders from the ANC, SACP and COSATU attended the congress.
“The conference reaffirmed SANCO’s interest in the leadership of the ANC as the leader of the alliance,” said Soko.
“Thus agreed that it is of utmost importance for SANCO as [an] alliance partner to seek to influence the leadership of the ANC for as long it remains the leader of the alliance,” he said.
Soko said the alliance is currently at its weakest state because of the “continued self-haemorrhage of the ANC”.
“[This] mainly [is] resulted by factions and parasitic patronage networks within the ANC and government,” the secretary said.
Provincial secretary Mike Soko
He said the conference called on SANCO members to be on the watch in their respective branches of Nkangala, Gert Sibande, Hlanzeni and Bohlabela regions and work hard to unite the alliance as well as “rescuing the ANC from the current impasse”.
Soko said they have seen attempts to sabotage SANCO programmes as well as “the victimisation of SANCO leaders and members and some have lost their jobs or political deployment because of their commitment to SANCO”.
He called on the ANC to implement the alliance summit resolutions taken in April 2016 to unite and make sure the alliance remains intact.
“Conference also condemned any forms or efforts to capture the state at all levels and therefore supports the call for the Judicial Commission to investigate the alleged state capture.
“We also call on SANCO members to report the efforts by some scrupulous individuals to capture and influence procurement process at local and provincial government in Mpumalanga,” said Soko.
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