- The allegation that Minister Angie Motshekga's husband owns a company that provides schools with sanitiser has been dismissed as false
- The Basic Education Department says that the allegations levied against Dr Mathole Motshekga are 'desperate and far-fetched lies'
- The minister, according to her department, has condemned all corruption within the public sector
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Claims that Angie Motshekga's husband, Dr Mathole Motshekga, owns a factory producing sanitiser for schools have been dismissed.
In a statement issued by the Department of Basic Education, the 'false news' was noted and slammed as 'desperate and far-fetched lies':
“The minister would like to deny this and put on record that these are malicious rumours that must be ignored. Dr Mathole Motshekga, Minister Angie Motshekga and all their families are not involved in any procurement processes involving Covid-19 tenders.”
The Department lauded Mathole Motshekga as a long-standing Member of Parliament, a respected individual:
"He spends his time reading, writing and giving local and international lectures on African Heritage Laws and Political Science. Dr Motshekga is also a member of Parliament serving as chairperson of the ad hoc committee of Section 25 on expropriation of land."
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The Department also addressed rumours that Dr Motshekga was earning bog money selling books to schools:
"Further allegations that the Kara Heritage Institute which Dr Motshekga founded sells books to schools is a blatant lie. The institute is not a commercial business and has no interest whatsoever in making business with government, let alone the department of basic education."
It was highlighted that Minister Motshekga condemns corruption in all its forms, denouncing the attempt to link her to graft:
"These allegations made against Dr Motshekga which attempt to link Minister Angie Motshekga to corruption regarding Covid-19 tender procurement for sanitisers are desperate and far-fetched lies that should be ignored."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Gauteng Premier David Makhura had also addressed allegations of taking advantage of the current crisis in South Africa.
In a statement issued by his office in response to rumours that both his wife and an alleged lover had scored Covid-19 tenders with the province, Makhura vowed to defend his reputation in court:
“As a matter of principle, neither the Premier’s wife nor children do business with government, and this is a matter agreed upon when Premier Makhura joined government. The allegations are false and will not pass scrutiny.”
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