De Lille: serving ANC-led government won't change my corruption stance

De Lille: serving ANC-led government won't change my corruption stance

- Patricia De Lille says that serving in an ANC-led Cabinet will not compromise her position on corruption

- She said that she would use her dual role has GOOD leader and Public Works minister to fight for "responsible, accountable and compassionate government"

- This follows her surprise appointment by Cyril Ramaphosa

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Newly-appointed Public Works and Infrastructure minister, Patricia De Lille, says that joining an ANC government will not affect her anti-corruption stance.

In an unusual move, Cyril Ramaphosa appointed the GOOD party leader to his Cabinet from outside his own party - the first president to do so since Thabo Mbeki.

De Lille has previously been known for calling out state corruption, having risen to fame after exposing Tony Yengeni's involvement in a dubious arm deals.

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De Lille says she will continue to support whistleblowers, even as she occupies a spot in government. Additionally, De Lille says that she "humble and grateful" for her appointment, according to Eyewitness News. 

The Public Works says she is "ready for any challenge", but admitted that her department had a lot of hard work to do. She also vowed to use her office to root out maladministration and corruption.

"I will run a department that will have systems in place that will detect corruption and prevent it," De Lille said.

In addition, De Lille says that she will continue to lead GOOD while serving as Public Works minister. She said she would use her dual role to fight for "responsible, accountable and compassionate government".

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Some opposition party figures have expressed reservations about this, however. The DA's Mmusi Maimane, for example, called the GOOD party leader's appointment a "well-executed ANC campaign", has gathered.

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