The political terrain is becoming unsettled for the ruling African National Congress ANC.
The party has apparently been exposed by the state capture inquiry after it emerged yesterday that controversial prisons facilities company Bosasa allegedly hosted the party’s call centre at its offices ahead of the national elections in 2014.
Bosasa also threw a massive celebration at its premises for the ANC after its victory at the polls was announced.
The deal to host the call centre and the celebration at Bosasa’s expense was allegedly struck by environmental affairs minister and alleged Bosasa benefactor, Nomvula Mokonyane.
“In 2014, we were instructed to prepare a call centre for the ANC for them to run their national call centre from our facility. The IT department had to set up their computers, had to open phone lines for them to use. Exactly what they did from the call centre, I’m not sure. There were about 20 to 25 people who manned the call centre,” he said.
Vorster said his division had to carry the costs for the call centre in the run up to elections.
Bosasa also footed the bill for “a massive function” to celebrate the ANC’s election victory.
“At the same time, a massive marquee tent was set up in front of one of our national stores. The renting of the cutlery, the food, everything was paid for by Bosasa,” he said.
“After the ANC won, they had a massive function on the premises. The person from the ANC who drove the process was Mokonyane. It was a function for about 400 plus people.”
He said the bill for the celebration was paid through Kgwerano Financial Services, which is a subsidiary of Bosasa.