ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe’s business associates were paid R49 million by the North West Development Corporation (NWDC) to establish dry cleaning and laundry services in the North West Province.
The Mail & Guardian (M&G) reported on Friday that the tender was awarded to Mvest Trust, which holds Mabe’s patent rights for the development of an app and lists the former MP’s business associates as trustees.
The tender is part of the YEC initiative, which is described as “an innovative enterprise development platform anchored behind valid intellectual properties (IP) rolled out by the Mvest Trust”.
M&G said Mabe, who was an ANC member of Parliament at the time this tender was awarded to Mvest Trust by the NWDC, was allegedly intimately involved in the deal.
MPs are prohibited from receiving any benefit from a tender with an organ of state. He and his business associate insist that he had no position in the trust that was awarded the tender.
Mabe’s involvement first raised eyebrows when his business associates, Tinyiko Mahuntsi and Eulender Rakoma, were allegedly handpicked after making a presentation in Premier Supra Mahumapelo’s office in January last year prior to the registration of Mvest Trust.
“I have not gone out myself to impose myself or those entities that are licensed to distribute these opportunities to any public sector institutions. I did declare my interests in the patents as a member of Parliament,” Mabe told M&G.
“I don’t hide myself just because there is something about ‘Supra must go’ and then pretend as if that everything done under him was not qualified … I am earning an incentive as a developer.”