- Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has come under fire after appointing two questionable figures to task team
- Menzi Simelane and Mo Shaik is raking in massive salaries despite being implicated in state capture
- The Department of Water and Sanitation has been reduced to defending the controversial appointments
Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and her Department of Water and Sanitation have been hit by scandal over the appointment of two ominous characters.
The Democratic Alliance has condemned the appointment of Menzi Simelane and Mo Shaik to the National Rapid Response Task-Team.
The South African reports that both have been implicated in facilitating state capture. Sisulu has been left attempting to do damage control, accused of trying to cover-up the appointments after retracting an answer submitted to Parliament.
The DPSA Salary Scale, the two newly appointed executives at the centre of the scandal will each earn over R1.9 million for their work as 'special advisors', Briefly.co.za gathered.
This will reportedly increase to R2.2 million if the pair manage to climb the ranks. This is nearly double what some Members of Parliament earn, including EFF leader Julius Malema.
The DA's shadow minister for water and sanitation Emma Louise Powell has commented on the situation:
“The minister has done an excellent job revealing the cracks in her office… She does not want taxpayers to know where the money goes, or how much she spends. Lindiwe Sisulu’s staffing of a political war room in lieu of a capably staffed department won’t be allowed to continue, while the taps run dry across our nation.”
Powell says she cannot understand what the two controversial figures could possibly contribute to the department:
“We don’t understand how an optometrist and an ex-prosecutor are qualified to provide advice to a department whose focus is on water and sanitation. Gross mis-hiring has taken place – and the deck has been stacked with well-paid political cadres. We will reveal more information about this task team over the coming days.”
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