DA lays charges against ANC's Chancellor House over Hitachi deal

The DA’s Mmusi Maimane filed the paperwork at the Cape Town Central Police Station today.

Democratic Alliance Leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has levelled criminal charges against the African National Congress (ANC)'s fundraising arm Chancellor House for its alleged involvement in the controversial Hitachi deal.

The DA's Leader Mmusi Maimane filed the paperwork at Cape Town central police station a few hours ago.

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday charged Hitachi with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by inaccurately recording improper payments to the ANC.

The payments related to contracts outlining the construction of power stations for Eskom.

Hitachi has since paid a R250 million fine after entering into a plea agreement with US authorities.

Maimane wants what he calls 'a proper investigation' to be conducted.

"Our view is that this is corrupt activity and must be prosecuted accordingly therefore we've asked the South African police to investigate and hopefully in the long run ask the World Bank to investigate and the public protector will engage the matter as well."