- New State Security Minister, Ayanda Dlodlo, takes over a department plagued by controversy
- However, Dlodlo herself has also previously been involved in scandals
- She was involved in a company which was accused of breaching a government contract, among other allegations
Ayanda Dlodlo has taken over as State Security Minister in Cyril Ramaphosa's new Cabinet, taking the helm of a department which has had its fair share of scandals and allegations of wrongdoing.
However, Dlodlo herself has a history of controversies.
Dlodlo was reprimanded by Parliament's ethics committee regarding an undeclared overseas trip, among other issues.
Dlodlo replaces Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba in the role, and her deputy is Zizi Kodwa, the ANC's head of presidency.
Letsatisi-Duba was widely-viewed as a compromised figure, but Dlodlo also had question marks hovering over her. For example, she was involved in the VIP Consulting Engineers saga dating back to 2007.
Dlodlo was a director of the company at the time. VIP received a tender to construct toilets for Ekurhuleni Municipality. However, the company and local government went to court over an alleged breach of contract. Specifically,the municipality accused VIP of failing to fulfil its obligations.
As a result, Dlodlo was effectively blacklisted and barred from entering into further contracts with government, according to News24.
Dlodlo herself did not take part in the court case, however, and resigned from VIP in 2009. Consequently, a spokesperson for Dlodlo said that her name had been cleared.
Additionally, in 2017, Dlodlo was sanctioned yet again over an undeclared trip to Dubai. The trip was allegedly funded by the Gupta family, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
It remains to be seen whether these issues will continue to dog Dlodlo, and what impact they will have on her performance as State Security Minister.
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