Faith Mazibuko is not using ‘combi courts’ to campaign for the ANC, spokesperson says
In audio of the Gauteng recreation MEC speaking to staff, she tells them they should roll out the sports facilities before the elections
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 be rolled out because “we want to use it to campaign and win elections”.
AmaBhungane further reported that her anger was sparked after her staff pointed out that there might be a rollover on the combi courts to the next financial year.
“I want those combi courts. How you do that‚ if it means you go and construct them with your hands‚ you better do it. No rollover of that money of combi courts‚” Mazibuko is heard saying.
A staffer who attempts to discuss the procurement process is interrupted by Mazibuko: “It doesn’t matter. I don’t want stories‚ I want combi courts.”
The department said the recording was taken during a “confidential meeting” between Mazibuko and executive managers in the department.
“The MEC has always believed and maintained that the implementation of projects should be done expeditiously within the prescripts of the law.
“The MEC categorically denies all allegations of interference in administrative matters‚” Ntlokwana said.