PRETORIA– South African Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has dismissed media reports that he orchestrated a plot to to buy votes to influence the outcome of the December 2017 elective conference of the African National Congress (ANC), the country’s ruling party.

Some Sunday newspapers had reported that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) was conducting an investigation into a failed plot, which would have seen Crime Intelligence funds being used to pay for votes at the ANC elective conference in December.

According to the reports, Ipid suspects that Mbalula, his adviser, Bongani Mbindwane, and National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole were involved in the scheme. All parties have strongly rejected these claims.

Let me make it categorically clear that the idea that I would summon police generals into a corruption plot meeting is an insult to me and the generals, who are outstanding law enforcers. I did not attend any such meeting whatsoever. I condemn and deny the allegations with the contempt they deserve, Mbalula said Tuesday.

Besides his normal functions as Minister, Mbalula said he was also assigned ANC work, which he reported directly to ANC officials and the conference steering committee.

I did not hold any meeting with SAPS or parties associated with SAPS at NASREC and certainly did not buy any votes or attempt to. The allegations against myself, the senior police management and National Security Adviser Bongani Mbindwane are not a surprise, as more of these are expected.

The Minister said the allegations come from purveyors of paranoia and information peddlers.

The ANC conference, according to the Minister, went ahead without any undue influence or vote buying, as the delegates were of high discipline.

As such, Minister Mbalula emphasised that there was no money exchange in the conference venue or at the delegates’ places of accommodation.