Clear and Present danger: The man who ruined the ANC's day
It was 5.46am when the bombshell dropped. It was a pre-dawn shock, courtesy of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba, who lifted the lid on an ANC man being arrested in Soweto – allegedly for his links to cash-in-transit heists.
But at the time, Mashaba said that the man – who was among four men arrested during a raid in Dobsonville two weeks ago – was only “believed” to be employed at the ANC’s Luthuli House headquarters.
It was a comment that sparked rumours and speculation, the nation desperate to find out the name of the ANC man who was allegedly personally involved in at-gunpoint heists.
The rumour mill continued throughout the morning until the name became public: Errol Velile Present.
Less than five-and-a-half-hours after Mashaba’s statement, at 12.11am, Luthuli House confirmed that one of its employees was indeed arrested. The party was, of course, “dismayed”.
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