By Pinky Khoabane
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkwhebane
Private Forensic Investigator Jeff Koorbonally has entered the ABSA apartheid looting debate. For those who don’t know Koorbonally, apart from being an investigator who investigated the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) in conjunction with ABSA, he’s a prolific letter-writer who’s probably written to all those “implicated” in the large-scale apartheid looting that took place on the eve of ANC’s reign. He’s also challenging the leadership of the ANC post-apartheid.
He has now asked for a public debate with former Governors of the Reserve Bank, Chris Stals, Tito Mboweni, Gill Marcus, former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, Barclays Africa CEO and Manuel’s wife, Maria Ramos and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. “I challenge Chris Stals, Tito Mboweni, Gill Marcus, Trevor Manuel, Pravin Gordhan and Maria Ramos to go on open public media debate with me to defend themselves. They can bring Johan Rupert also on the Panel,” he declared.
UnCensored is the first to publish a series of his open letters, first to Gordhan http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/open-letter-pravin-gordhan/, then to former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/open-letter-thuli-madonsela-jeff-koorbanally-forensic-investigator-absa-bonds/ and many others.
In his latest missive, he sent an open letter to Rupert in response to his claims that the CIEX report is a “work of fiction”. UnCensored will publish this letter tomorrow. “This is no Fiction, and I challenge Johan Rupert to call my investigation & findings Fiction. He will need to say that in an open live media debate with me. Am no British Spy, but a truly South African, an activist against injustices of financial crimes, white-collar crimes – historic and current,” he said.
Huffington Post wrote an article claiming that Stals, in the public protector’s report into ABSA, had confirmed that the financial institution had acknowledged the “lifeboat” and he had a written letter to the effect that it was willing to pay back the interest. In response, the former governor reportedly disputed the claim saying he had done everything to save the banking system. Koorbonally hit back calling the governor “one of the most corrupt Ex Governors”.
Koorbonally represents the Surtie family and he alleges that the family’s offshore inheritance was “politically blocked and retained in a Special Restricted account Antrecode 0000/4444 held at the Reserve Bank on behalf of the finance ministry since 1985”. The apartheid regime amended the Currency Act to legalise their theft, the investigator alleges. http://www.saflii.org/za/legis/hist_reg/caea9o1933rangnr603656/caea9o1933rangnr603a1j1987757.html
Koorbonally says when the Currency Act was amended in 1996, in line with the Constitution of the Republic, the Surtie inheritance should have been released but it wasnt. He says the government should have at that time, advertised the unclaimed inheritance in line with the law. To Gordhan, he say: “Tell the public of this country that your ministry decided to further launder the Surtie family offshore inheritance into the fiscus system by means of re-issue of same bonds in 1996 and registration of them with BESA & putting them on Trade with both, first (JSE) & secondary World Stock markets (US,UK & others) and therefore committing the most serious act of money laundering and a serious violation of World Stock Markets rules & regulation”.