Niehaus taken to court

Disgraced African National Congress spokesperson Carl Niehaus is now also facing a legal battle and he...

ANC spokesman Carl Niehaus during a press briefing at the party's headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Disgraced African National Congress spokesperson Carl Niehaus is now also facing a legal battle and he has indicated he will fight his case.

The Independent Democrats laid a charge of fraud against him on Sunday after it emerged he had forged signatures while head of the Gauteng Economic Development Agency.

The Democratic Alliance said it would lay charges against Gauteng Premier Paul Mashatile on Tuesday for failing to report Niehaus’s unlawful behaviour, while he was the province’s Finance MEC.

Niehaus’s career was collapsing around him like the proverbial house of cards and now news that he has had criminal charges laid against him.

His lawyers argue that the charges are political and not legal in nature, but criminal law expert Johan Gresse said Niehaus does have a case to answer to, even though he did not make any money from the crime.

“The exercise was surely to achieve some monetary value at the end of the line,” said Gresse.

Gresse agreed that Mashatile was legally obligated to report the crime.

“Whoever became aware of this should have brought it to the attention of authorities and I mean talking about the prosecuting authorities,” said Gresse.

Niehaus said he would face up to the charges against him.