- Lindiwe Sisulu has defended her decision to hire Mo Shaik and Menzi Simelane
- She faced widespread criticism from political parties and the public
- Her spokesperson claims that the men are fit for their positions
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Human Settlements Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has reacted to the criticism of her decision to hire Mo Shaik and Menzi Simelane at a cost of R3.8million. She claimed that there was nothing wrong with hiring the two men.
Briefly.co.za learned that Sisulu claims that all the red tape and protocols were followed when Shaik and Simelane were hired.
Makhosini Mgitywa, Sisulu's spokesperson, claimed that both Simelane and Shaik were qualified for the roles they were hired for.
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Mgitywa also defended the salaries being paid to the men, saying that they were within parameters prescribed by the Department of Public Service and Administration according to iol.co.za.
“Regarding their qualifications, we reiterate that the minister’s special advisers are suitably qualified and fit for purpose.
“Furthermore, their appointments were ratified by the ministry of Public Service and Administration as required by rules and regulations governing such appointments,” he said.
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Earlier in the week, Briefly.co.za reported that the DA slammed Sisulu for hiring the two men.
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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