Court silences Ramphele fraud claims

Johannesburg - The Western Cape High Court has ordered that Agang SA's new leaders must refrain from implicating former party leader Mamphela Ramphele in fraud allegations, her attorney said on Thursday.

"These allegations are untrue, without any merit and in fact malicious and defamatory," Danie Rossouw said in a statement.

He said the party's new leader Mike Tshisonga and deputy leader Andries Tlouamma made the allegations against Ramphele in court documents.

Last month, Ramphele and Tshishonga opened separate fraud cases with police over a bank account opened to receive a refund from the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC), believed to be around R200 000.

It had been reported that Tshishonga accused Ramphele of having direct access to party funds, and that she opened the account to access the IEC deposit without a mandate from the party.

Tshishonga claimed his signature appeared on the bank account's paperwork without his knowledge.

Ramphele resigned from her position as Agang leader on 8 July, following internal party divisions.

Rossouw said Ramphele approached the court seeking an order for the retraction of the allegations.

"On [Thursday] Judge Denis Davis of the [Western] Cape High Court ordered, by agreement between the parties, that the offending allegations are unconditionally struck from the record."

The applicants, including Tshishonga and Tlouamma, were also ordered to refrain from implicating Ramphele in any fraudulent conduct, as alleged in the court papers.


Mr T. 2014/08/01 05:22:51 AM
The only one thing that a court must order them to do is that scratch this thing of a gang and go back to the anc.
Bob Mearly 2014/08/01 06:26:32 AM
The new leaders are losing credibility already.
Khutso Bokaba 2014/08/01 06:58:41 AM
Who wanna be led by such liars? No one!
SIMPLYSOUTHAFRICAN 2014/08/01 07:14:33 AM
I had immense respect for Ramphela and I at one stage regarded her as kind of icon, that was then and now is now. I think she is a total idiot.
Tyrone Whiting 2014/08/01 07:59:55 AM
They all corrupt nothing new.
Ek Jou Gese 2014/08/01 08:02:33 AM
Check the Judge bank account.
Ek Jou Gese 2014/08/01 08:02:34 AM
Check the Judge bank account.
Roddy Jardim 2014/08/01 08:28:09 AM
I'm just wondering how his signature got on the bank account forms. Lol sounds like another zuma in the making.
Nin Ja Kitty 2014/08/01 08:58:25 AM
Fraud is fraud, regardless of which political party you are with or were with. Fraud is against the law. No use silencing it, unless there are more worms in this can.
Brett Glass 2014/08/01 09:21:04 AM
Ramphele is confused AGANG was the biggest faliure in SA politics. That millionaire woman from plush suburb in Cape Town had absolutely no idea what she was getting into. She messed AGANG, we offered to help at some point but she ignored us, instead she was kissing the devil and had an autocratic attitude within her party. DA devils bewitched her, how can you merge without consulting your structures?