ANC Eastern Cape leaders yesterday reinstated Andile Lungisa as a member of the provincial executive committee (PEC).
This came after the state dropped a fraud case against him this week.
Lungisa was charged by the Hawks in October 2013 for alleged fraud and money laundering, stemming from a R2.5-million government grant for a music show – suppose to feature R&B star R Kelly – that never took place.
The money, from the Department of Arts and Culture, allegedly ended up in Lungisa’s private account. He resigned as a PEC member, as a gesture to protect the ANC’s image as his case dragged on.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Luvuyo Mfaka said yesterday the case was withdrawn on Monday. Mfaka was sourcing court records to confirm the reason for the withdrawal of the case.
“I want to get an official form, from the specialised commercial crimes unit, to be able to explain why the instruction was received to withdraw the case,” Mfaka said.
Lungisa, 35, had been arrested with his wife, Ursula Sali, and alleged accomplices Thabo Shogole and Xolisile Guqaza.
Lungisa said: “It was never a criminal matter, like I have always said.
“I am happy, especially for my wife – because it has been very stressing. We are relieved to be vindicated.”