Political party leaders who aren't citizens of moral rectitude

Staff Writer | Mar 29, 2019
Ten leaders of parties registered to contest the election nationally have faced accusations of serious misconduct.

At least 20% of the leaders of the 48 political parties registered to contest the 2019 general elections on a national level have previously faced accusations of significant wrongdoing. 

This is the finding of an investigation done by the Daily Maverick on the IEC’s final list of.

Such was the finding of an investigation by the Daily Maverick of the IEC’s final list of political parties which will appear on the national ballot in May 2019. Daily Maverick of excluded untested allegations of wrongdoing (Mzwanele Manyi) and claims that are publicly known to be the subject of active investigations or court challenges (Patricia De Lillie).

Otherwise the names include: 

  • Bryce Mthimkhulu - tried to benefit financially from his title “King of the amaHlubi”.  Included was an attempt to claim billions from the British government as reparations for the colonial destruction of his “kingdom”; 
  • Pappie Mokoena, former mayor of Mangaung, chaired  Bloemfontein Correctional Contracts (BCC), which is being sued by 42 inmates after revelations of the use of electric shocks, forced medication and suspicious deaths in the BCC-run Mangaung Correctional Centre;
  • Brian Mahlati, businessman and pastor, was ordered to pay R43-million that Mahlati and his wife had misappropriated from his business’s liquidation account;
  • Johan Reid is a neurologist found guilty of sexual harassment in 2007 by the Health Professions Council, which he successfully appealed as procedurally unfair. Previously Reid was found guilty on seven counts of unprofessional conduct during consultations, including performing sexual acts on a patient;
  • Jeffrey Donson, a married father of three, was convicted of one count of indecent assault and seven counts of statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl while mayor of Kannaland. He had also been found guilty of indecent assault while working as a sports teacher. Dobson was expelled as a Kannaland councillor after he was found guilty of abusing money in the mayoral fund to purchase equipment for his mobile disco;
  • Gayton McKenzie was sentenced to 15 years in jail for two counts of armed robbery; 
  • Chief Bhekumuzi Mantjolo Mnisi - auditors confirmed that Mnisi had been paid more than R1-million by the Mpumalanga health department for Aids education programmes. His charity was unregistered and he had no knowledge of the subject.

Better known names are Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Julius Malema and Andile Mngxitama.

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