- Babalo Madikizela, Eastern Cape Public Works MEC, has received the support of late struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's family
- Madikizela was one of the politicians who were accused of profiting from money that was supposed to go to the late struggle icon's memorial service
- Madikizela-Mandela's family shared that they still support him and trust him even though it has been alleged that he received R350 000
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EASTERN CAPE - MEC for Public Works in the Eastern Cape Babalo Madikizela has gained the support of the family of the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Madikizela was one of the senior politicians who allegedly profited from money that was meant for Mama Winnie's memorial service.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane lead an investigation which found that Madikizela personally received R350 000. Mkhwebane's probe was released at the end of last week and also revealed that Premier for the Eastern Cape Oscar Mabuyane received R450 000.
The PP also revealed that R280 000 was received by the African National Congress.
Speaking to IOL, the Madikizela-Mandela family's spokesperson Thembelani Madikizela that they were surprised by the report but had confidence that the claims made against the accused would be trialled in the following days. Thembelani said that he believed there were significant mistakes in the report regarding Babalo and that the family stands by him.
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The report explained that Thembelani said Madikizela has their support and that they trust him. A report by HeraldLIVE confirmed that Madikizela maintains his innocence and denied claims that he received the R350 000.
South Africa's response to the accusations
"Cyril Ramaphosa set a bad precedent for his cabal by attacking the integrity of the Public Protector instead of disputing her reports with facts. The statement by Babalo Madikizela's spokesperson is slanderous and shows the political bankruptcy of Mabuyane's Kindergarten."
"This time around I'm sure Adv. Mkhwebane is right. This is old news but somehow they tried to push it under the carpet but failed. MEC Babalo Madikizela is controlling Alfred Nzo district which the looted Bizana municipality falls under. Ayikhale nkooo."
Maimane expresses distaste for Enoch Mgijima Municipality ‘stadium’, calls it a chicken shed
In other corruption-related news, Briefly News previously reported that Mmusi Maimane, leader of One SA Movement has not minced his words about the scandal surrounding the Enoch Mgijima municipality for a stadium they built that cost taxpayers a whopping R22 million.
Speaking at his organisation's event to sign a document named the People's Pledge when Maimane highlighted how rampant corruption has been in the country but he added that the building of the so-called stadium in Komani is a new low.
Maimane went on to highlight the other corruption that we have seen in recent times including the Digital Vibes scandal with ex-Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize and the looting of Covid 19 funds, according to SowetanLIVE.
He stated these upcoming elections are about getting rid of corrupt leaders and giving the power back to the people in the communities.
Source: Briefly News