South Africa’s ruling party ANC plans to launch a virtual mobile network is in jeopardy, according to Mail & Guardian report.
The newspaper said the ANC was planning to launch the network to attract and win over new voters to the ruling party.
The ANC’s virtual mobile network was to be known as the 1912 Mobile.
The Mail & Guardian has established that as early as April this year the ANC was presented with a proposal for a virtual mobile network, using Cell C.
The newspaper said the companies, owned by media personality Majota “Phat Joe” Kambule and Joseph Nkadimeng, respectively, presented the R13‑million proposal to the ANC’s election head, Fikile Mbalula.
The plan was to use 1912 Mobile in partnership with Cell C to disseminate “ANC news and information, content-based voice, data and text mobile services”.
But allegations of greed, litigation threats and claims of a conflict of interest threaten to derail the agreement.
In communications between Nkadimeng and Kambule, ANC headquarters Luthuli House is code-named the “Vatican”, according to M&G.
This week Nkadimeng, who was one of the architects of the ANC’s 2016 covert “war room” campaign, confirmed the 1912 Mobile project but said there was an impasse between the parties.
Mbalula denied that the project had reached an impasse. “There is nothing that is being stalled. Whether it moves ahead will depend on … time because it’s a huge project and we are not comfortable to talk about it,” Mbalula told M&G.
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