The man who alleges that the MK party forged signatures

A man called Lennox Ntsodo has made serious allegations against Jacob Zuma’s uMkhonto Wesizwe party, alleging that the party forged thousands of signatures in order to participate in the May 29 election. Ntsodo claims the signatures came from the job applicant database owned by the Cape Town municipality.

The signature forgery scandal comes as support for the MK party has been growing steadily: the latest Ipsos poll shows that if the election were held tomorrow, the party would win 8.4% of the national vote, moving up to fourth position, with more support than all the other new parties.

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If the allegations against the MK party are proven correct, this could have serious implications for the legitimacy of the elections. Daily MaverickLerato Mutsila reported.

On Tuesday, National Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola told reporters on the sidelines of a crime prevention imbizo in Inanda, Durban, that the investigation was still in its early stages and that police were trying to determine if there were A case.

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Questions remain about Ntsodo’s identity and why he did not make such accusations until now, a few weeks before the crucial elections.

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Daily Maverick approached Ntsodo for a one-on-one interview and offered him the option of having his legal team present. At first he agreed, but mentioned that he needed to consult first. Upon his return, he stated that his legal team advised him to limit interviews to just two media outlets, which he declined to specify. He also declined to provide the affidavit he gave to police, citing that the two media outlets would publish his story in the coming days.

Who is Ntsodo?

Ntsodo is a strong supporter of Zuma and led the HandsOffZuma campaign in Cape Town before Zuma resigned as the country’s president in February 2018. Ntsodo traveled throughout the city encouraging ANC supporters to defend Zuma and call for his ouster. from Dr Makhosi Khoza, who, at the time, publicly supported a proposed no-confidence motion against Zuma.

Daily Maverick We last saw Ntsodo in Philippi, Cape Town, when Zuma was campaigning in March this year.

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Ntsodo was on track to lead the MK party in the Western Cape until aspects of his past came to light. Sources within the MK party sent information to Daily Maverick in January that included two case numbers related to alleged fraud while questioning why the party was considering Ntsodo to lead the province.

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An ANC councilor in the city of Cape Town said Ntsodo almost ruined his chances of becoming a councilor when he made people work without pay.

“He was well connected in the ANC and before the 2021 local government elections, he said he wanted to help my campaign. He came with garbage trucks and asked me to bring him 50 people to hire.”

The councilor said he followed instructions and members of the local community cleaned the area. When it came time to pay, Ntsodo was nowhere to be found.

“People were angry with me because I recommended them to them,” said the councilman. “People almost didn’t vote for me because of this and I’m still angry at him for what he did.”

Provoke suspicion of activities

Like Zuma, Ntsodo has been in trouble with the law and is currently out on bail on fraud charges after allegedly posing as a city employee and selling land for R100,000 in Mfuleni.

Together with an accomplice, Nombongo Bidi, and two municipal officials, Gerrit Engelbrecht and Neil Welman, they pocketed nearly R900,000 from the sale of the plots.

According to the charge sheet, the four committed these acts between July and October 2022 in the Mfuleni area, where Ntsodo is from. It has been alleged that Ntsodo had to flee his home after being chased by people he allegedly defrauded.

Recently, a court interpreter, Nomvuyo Dyosi, who works at the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court in Cape Town, was arrested after attempting to solicit a bribe from Ntsodo’s sister. live times reported. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said Dyosi allegedly approached Ntsodo’s sister Zimasa Ntsodo in his bail application to “buy sweets” for the magistrate to “rescue” his brother. , who he suspected had been assaulted in custody.

“The sister asked the accused what he meant and the accused replied that a payment had to be made so that she (Dyosi) could give the money to the magistrate so that her brother could get bail.”

Lennox Ntsodo was subsequently granted bail of R5,000 on 13 November 2023.

Dyosi then allegedly began demanding payment of R20,000.

The brothers reported the incident to a family member, who also works at the court. The family member then notified the magistrate of the allegations.

“The magistrate denied the allegations against him and immediately reported the matter to the police,” Ntabazalila said.

Job Seeker Database

The City of Cape Town maintains a database of job applicants, from which recruitment projects can request names when seeking to employ a specific number of people. Names are selected randomly from the database. Many of these job opportunities are part of the Expanded Public Works Program (EPWP), a poverty alleviation partnership between the national government and municipalities that provides temporary employment opportunities to the unemployed.

Councilors do not have access to this database; only EPWP administrators have access to it. To sign up, unemployed people must register with their sub-councils.

There have been reports in the past that councilors had their database for record keeping purposes. This database would be maintained to verify the hiring of the same people and keep a count of the number of people who benefited from the EPWP.

City of Cape Town sources said Daily Maverick that the municipality was questioning the legitimacy of the allegations surrounding Ntsodo and how the MK party could have accessed the database.

City spokesperson Luthando Tyhalibongo said; “The city notes the allegation of forgery of signatures obtained from a database of job applicants and submitted to the IEC. The City takes any allegation involving a potential breach of personal information very seriously and complies with the Personal Information Protection Law. Once we receive any complaint of non-compliance, we will investigate the matter accordingly and take corrective action if necessary. To date we have not received any complaints.”

During an interview, MK party spokesperson Nhlamulo Ndhlela said they would open a counter-case against Ntsodo, but did not say when. He “volunteered to help, only (for us) to discover that he was involved in frivolous and questionable activities.”

Ndhlela said Ntsodo was unhappy at not being on the party’s candidate list. DM