David Masondo responds to ANC Integrity Committee’s request to resign
Deputy Finance Minister David Masondo has responded to the ANC’s Integrity Committee’s recommendation that he must resign from both his roles in government and the party.
The committee’s chairperson, George Mashamba, had written to Masondo asking him to voluntarily step down from his position given accusations made against him that he had used his influence as deputy minister to set the Hawks on a former lover.
Part of the letter reads, “Your actions have brought disrepute to the organisation, but in acknowledging this and taking responsibility you have shown commitment to the organisation and the ideals we strive to reach.”
Musondo however said that he did not do anything wrong.
He says his girlfriend harassed his family and threatened to kill his children.
Musondo further added that he will wait for the ruling party to decide on his future.
ANC Spokesperson Pule Mabe says the ANC will decide once the report has been processed.
Last year, AmaBhungane reported Masondo had used his influence and state resources to settle a personal score with a former mistress by having her arrested for extortion.
WhatsApp messages between him and the 30-year-old woman, who asked not to be named, suggested it was Masondo who had first offered money because he “wanted peace” and the fighting between them to stop.
He was accused of bullying the woman into having an abortion and her wanting the two families to discuss damages.
After tipping off the Hawks, the woman was arrested outside her home in northern Johannesburg on 17 August when she accepted a bag of cash from men she understood were representing Masondo, but were actually undercover cops, AmaBhungane reported.
Mashamba said this was poor judgement.
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