Gauteng’s sport‚ arts‚ culture and recreation MEC Faith Mazibuko has rubbished claims that she gave “unlawful instructions” to her staff during a “confidential meeting” in an attempt to gain support for the ANC ahead of elections on May 8.

Responding to the allegations and the emergence of the audio‚ her department said Mazibuko was merely pushing for service delivery targets to be met. “The department would like to state that at no stage in any meeting with her staff did MEC Mazibuko give unlawful instructions‚ except to stress the importance of achieving performance targets of the department and fulfilling promises made to communities as part of service delivery agreements‚” department spokesperson Nomazwe Ntlokwana said on Wednesday evening. AmaBhungane reported that Mazibuko was pressuring staff to deliver sporting facilities ahead of the elections‚ “with seemingly little regard for tender processes and legal prescripts”. It reported that Mazibuko demanded the combi courts...

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