Charges of fraud, money laundering and theft have been levelled against ANC NEC member, Pule Mabe, Paseka Letsatsi, communications head of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa); and Mabe’s business partner, Surprise Kabedi Ramosa.

The trio were arrested this morning and appeared in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crime Court. They were released on bail of R10 000 each and their next court appearance is in Febuary 2014 at the Pretoria High Court. According to the Mail and Guardian, Letstatsi siphoned off funds through companies owned by Ramosa and Mabe.

Letsatsi’s lawyer Zola Majava told the Mail and Guardian that his clients had co-operated with the police and had been charged relating to an incident involving Sassa chief executive Fezile Makiwana which occurred in 2008. He added the trio were released on bail without the conditions.

“Letsatsi is being charged with fraud, alternatively theft, on the basis that he authored a memo which was authorised by his chief executive at the time and money was paid out to people where it was not supposed to,” he told the Mail & Guardian.

Mabe was the treasurer general of the ANCYL and a close friend of former ANCYL and current Economic Freedom Front (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, until he sided with the ANC last year. He was later elected to the ANC’s National Executive Committee at the party’s elective conference in Mangaung. Mabe was also recently appointed to an ad hoc committee, convened by the ANCYL, to investigate and assist with that organisation’s financial and legal matters.

Additional source: eNCA, Sapa