MEC's messenger arrested after chase: Busted with liquor in state car

MEC's messenger arrested after chase: Busted with liquor in state car

- Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba's personal messenger Ayanda Matinise has been arrested

- This comes after Matinise was busted transporting alcohol in a state-owned vehicle

- In addition to contravening lockdown laws, Matinise was also not permitted to use the said vehicle

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Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba's personal messenger Ayanda Matinise has been taken into custody for contravening the Disaster Management Act.

Matinise, who is also an ANC Youth League regional task team member, was busted transporting alcohol on Saturday.

Police spokesperson Colonel Sibongile Soci has confirmed that Matinise has been charged with breaking lockdown, driving an unauthorised state vehicle and even attempting to bribe SAPS officials.

The politician was caught in King William's Town while trying to flee police officials, explained Soci:

“Police received information about a state vehicle allegedly transporting liquor. During the police patrols, a vehicle fitting the description was spotted at Buffalo Road, but the driver accelerated when members tried to stop him. Police gave chase and managed to stop him. Upon searching the vehicle, liquor was recovered in the boot. The suspect, who was alone in the vehicle, was immediately arrested and charged.”
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Gomba condemned the incident in a statement. Image: Department of Health
Source: UGC

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Gomba's chief of staff Andile Sidinile commented on this embarrassing situation in a statement:

“Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba has learnt with shock how one of her core staff members took the department’s car without authorisation and allegedly broke the law by allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. The MEC would like to put it on record that such behaviour will not be tolerated and if proven to be true, there will be serious consequences."

The MEC has made it clear that such behaviour would not be tolerated in the Health Department:

“Such alleged behaviour does not only bring my office and the department into disrepute but, by extension, the entire provincial government and, as such, it is condemned with the contempt it deserves. We cannot have officials who break the law. Such scandals have no place in government and, whenever they happen, the people of the Eastern Cape must be rest assured that the department will decisively act."

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that #VoetsekANC trended on Twitter as Saffas expressed their frustrations with a 'failing' and 'corrupt' government.

South Africans listed every failure the ANC had since 1994, which include a deteriorating health care system, millions still living in shacks and the constant looting of public funds.

One social media user, @kae_gea, even said the ANC is worse than the previous regime's government.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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