New recordings implicate ANC o

New recordings implicate ANC officials in “war room” smear campaign

Despite denying all involvement, new evidence suggest that ANC officials had knowledge of the so-called “black ops war room”.

New recordings implicate ANC o

Despite denying they had anything to do with a “war room” – established during the 2015 Local Government Elections – new evidence revealed in the City Press this weekend tells a different story.

“Their activities were not sanctioned by the ANC … We distance ourselves [from] any insinuation that any such campaign was known to or approved by the ANC,” the party said earlier this week when the story first hit the headlines.

The allegations emerged earlier this week when Sihle Bolani, a public relations expert, took the ANC to court over non-payment. Bolani has since said she is receiving death threats.

The City Press has heard recordings of a meeting held on 25 November as well as two other meetings at Luthuli House. These recordings reveal that high-ranking officials – as well as activist Shaka Sisulu – who have all distanced themselves from the campaign, knew what was going on.

The recordings were taken by Bolani on her smartphone without the knowledge of other members of the meeting.

According to the City Press, the recordings reveal the following:

  • The war room was established to “dig at the ANC’s opponents”
  • The R50 million that was budgeted for the campaign was mentioned
  • Meetings were held with so-called “war room members” during the campaign
  • Direct involvement of two senior ANC officials – Joseph Nkadimeng and Ingnatius Jacobs – both can be heard on the recordings

Read the full report in the City Press.