Christo Wiese revealed as one of the many National Party funders

The organisation Open Secrets released a report this week about business people who gave money to the National Party during apartheid. The people involved include Christo Wiese revealed as one of the many National Party funders, Bertie Lubner and Eric Samson.

Hennie Van Vuuren, Open Secrets research associate, says the report provides fascinating insights and first-hand perspective of the type of letters that were written by donors. It reveals internal documents, mentioning the names of corporates that gave funds not only to the National Party (NP) but also to PW Botha.

We've only released a couple of documents to give readers an idea of who some of donors were.

Hennie Van Vuuren, Research Associate of Open Secrets at Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

Van Vuuren says these links between business and politicians at the time are revelations and reminders that corporations involved would want to shy away from.

Van Vuuren says they spent time at the Free State archives of the National Party, where over three kilometres of documents that are stored at the University of the Free State.

These include private letters and correspondence of leaders of the NP in the twentieth century, amongst those FW de Klerk and PW Botha, he adds.

We're not suggesting that these were crimes of corruption, saysVan Vuuren. He goes on to say that these are indicative of the type of support the NP enjoyed from business, who were happy to fund them under conditions of anonymity.

The very least we should be doing is to remind these people they cannot very neatly sweep these things under the carpet.

Hennie Van Vuuren, Research Associate of Open Secrets at Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

This week the South African History Archive will be taking the Reserve Bank to court to get access to documents the archive believes contain evidence of apartheid era financial crimes.

Toerien van Wyk, SA History Archives Co-Director, says they have requested copies of evidence obtained by the reserve bank as part of their investigation into substantial contraventions of laws that regulate fraud and precious metal smuggling.

Specifically fraud through manipulation of the financial rand, you currency, foreign exchange and gold smuggling.

Toerien van Wyk, Co-Director, SA History Archives

Van Wyk says they specifically requested documents dated between 1980 and 1995.

Click on the audio below to listen to full interview:


This article first appeared on 702 : Christo Wiese revealed as one of the many National Party funders


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Wits Nehawu members down tools over salaries

Wits Nehawu members down tools over salaries

Nehawu Wits acting secretary Tumisho Madihlaba says negotiations with management deadlocked resulting in a strike.

Key witness in Timol inquest accused of fabricating evidence

Key witness in Timol inquest accused of fabricating evidence

EWN reporter Barry Bateman gives an update on proceedings in Timol inquest in which former cop Jan Rodrigues was cross-examined.

The must-read exposé on apartheid crimes and how cronies have thrived on secrecy

The must-read exposé on apartheid crimes and how cronies have thrived on secrecy

Author Hennie van Vuuren shares the inside scoop on his revealing book 'Apartheid Guns and Money' and the legacy of looting in SA.

May the Fourth be with you, a celebration of Star Wars Day

May the Fourth be with you, a celebration of Star Wars Day

May 4 marks "May the Fourth be with you," Day celebrated by fans George Lucas' fans of his Star Wars global movie franchise.

Former TRC commissioner questions whether some should have received amnesty

Former TRC commissioner questions whether some should have received amnesty

Hlengiwe Mkhize says the criteria that gave amnesty to apartheid officials has not been fully understood by communities.

US Supreme Court rejects suit against American companies that 'aided apartheid'

US Supreme Court rejects suit against American companies that 'aided apartheid'

The United States Supreme Court has not allowed a legal suit against American companies Ford and IBM for their role in apartheid.

Popular articles
'My hubby is 75 and we still do it' - stories about sex on the other side of 50

'My hubby is 75 and we still do it' - stories about sex on the other side of 50

Is biology putting the brakes on your sexuality? Callers share their experiences of sex and growing older.

'Some weed plants with high levels of chemicals have been linked to psychosis'

'Some weed plants with high levels of chemicals have been linked to psychosis'

Naked Scientist, Chris Smith shares his insights on some of the risks associated with smoking marijuana.

[Watch] Dad breaks down when reunited with car sold to pay wife’s bills

[Watch] Dad breaks down when reunited with car sold to pay wife’s bills

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone viral'.

DStv Premium on a downward spiral, warns tech guru

DStv Premium on a downward spiral, warns tech guru

DStv has lost about 140 000 Premium subscribers to Netflix over the past two years, tech expert Arthur Goldstuck.

Tips on how to stop unauthorised debit orders

Tips on how to stop unauthorised debit orders

CEO of Payments Association of SA, Walter Volker says these fraudsters get a list of debit orders from unscrupulous employees.

Tell me what you want: Study reveals most common sexual fantasies

Tell me what you want: Study reveals most common sexual fantasies

What are your sexual fantasies? Disclosure can bring sexual freedom, but it can also have downsides. A study lists the top trends.

Dr Eve busts myths about the female orgasm that could change your sex life

Dr Eve busts myths about the female orgasm that could change your sex life

As many as 1 in 3 women have trouble reaching orgasm when having sexual play, clinical sexologist Dr Eve explains.