An ANC councilor in Beaufort West has been arrested after he was caught with several bank accounts and IDs belonging to different people.
Jason Mdudumani who is a ward 7 councilor in in the Beaufort West Municipality appeared in court on Thursday 06 April. He is charged the contravention of the National Credit Act. National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said the the man was allegedly enforcing credit agreements while he was not allowed to do so by the law.
“He is charged with contravening the National Credit Act for being in possession of bank cards belonging to people whereby he is enforcing credit agreements while he is not a financial services provider. He was also found in possession of a number of Identity cards. He had bail set at R500 and his case was set down to appear on 22 May 2023 for the state to finalise outstanding investigations,” said Ntabazalila.
According to a source that spoke to Ezitshisayo, amongst several bank cards include some Sassa cards. “It means he was even exploiting the poor. We hope the law will deal with him accordingly,” said the source.
ANC Central Karoo Regional Secretary office Collin Meyer said they are aware of the arrest of Mdudumani.
“We still need to be fully briefed on the matter however the arrest has been confirmed. The ANC does not condone any acts of criminality, Cllr. Mdudumani will be subjected to ANC internal processes regarding matters of misconduct and bringing the ANC into disrepute. The ANC requests the community and members of the organisation to allow the law to take its course,” said Mdudumani.
The DA Constituency Head, Beaufort West Daylin Mitchell said they will be monitoring the case. “The DA notes the arrest of ANC councillor, Jason Mdudumani, in Beaufort West, on alleged charges of money laundering. South Africans have become used to the way in which the ANC deals with cases of criminality within their ranks. We will closely monitor this matter, and call on the ANC to act decisively and not sweep this under the rug,” said Mitchell.