ANC wants answers from Truman Prince over tender letter

Prince sent a letter to CETA requesting that a company sympathetic to the ANC be awarded a tender.

FILE. Beaufort West Mayor Truman Prince. Picture: BackpagePix/Samuel Shivambu.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says it plans to meet with Beaufort West Mayor Truman Prince to seek clarity about his letter to the Construction Education Training Authority (CETA), requesting that a company sympathetic to the ANC be awarded a tender.

The ANC held its scheduled meeting of its senior leadership in Pretoria this week, where it discussed the party's election campaign and the government programme for the year.

The meeting was held as Prince's letter to CETA emerged in which he asked for the tender to be awarded, so that the company can give funds to the ANC for its campaigns.

The ANC's Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe says the lekgotla discussed the abuse of small businesses by government officials.

Mantashe says manipulating small businesses because of political agendas is dangerous.

"We will follow up as well. What is this Truman? That exercise cannot be linked to the fundraising strategy of the ANC. It will be dangerous. Look for answers from him, he must give you answers. He can't be reckless on behalf of the ANC."

TRUMAN DENIES ALLEGATIONS

Prince has denied that he tried to influence a tender process for the benefit of the ANC's election campaign.

Premier Helen Zille this week made public a letter, which she believes proves Prince requested he be able to select which construction companies would build projects, so that they could help fund the party's campaign.

Prince says the letter has been misinterpreted and has accused the Democratic Alliance of using it as a "cheap political ploy".

In the document, addressed to the chair of the C-SETA board, the mayor also says he sees the contraction of a new skills development centre as a mechanisms for the ANC to regain ground lost to the opposition.