'Celebrity minister of Twitter': Mbalula's appointment questioned

'Celebrity minister of Twitter': Mbalula's appointment questioned

- Angry ANC 'comrades' have joined forces to condemn Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

- In a letter addressed to the President, Mbalula was labelled a 'celebrity minister of Twitter'

- Corruption allegations were levied against the department and the minister's appointment was questioned

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Disgruntled ANC 'comrades' have written a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa condemning Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.

The letter detailed claims of corruption in relation to Covid-19 personal protective equipment in addition to several alleged irregularities in the department.

The group described Mbalula as a 'celebrity minister of Twitter' and questioned why he had been appointed in the first place:

“We must state from the onset that, despite all the issues we would mention about their actions and behaviour, the central question still remains…Why did the president deploy Fikile to such an important and strategic department?"
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Mbalula's appointment as Transport Minister has been called into question. Image: GCIS/ Flickr
Source: UGC

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The Citizen reports that the minister's spokesperson Ayanda-Allie Paine has noted the letter:

“We welcome this move by the faceless individuals behind this letter. We believe the fair processes espoused by these agencies and the laws of our Republic will vindicate us and attest to the robustness of our processes."

News24 reports that Paine's appointment also came under fire with the group questioning her competency:

“This poor lady knows nothing. She does not know what a BGM is, does not have professional writing skills and, in fact, most of the media statements were written for her by the [departmental] communications team and credited under her name."

The letter further claimed that the unknown authors have files to drop to back up corruption allegations:

“We have voice notes, videos and pictures of everything that was done. Companies that were linked to the DG and minister were appointed to be suppliers of PPE. We have a list of them and especially those that inflated prices."
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Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the ANC National Executive Committee had undertaken to clamp down on corruption within the ruling party.

Commenting on the outcome of a recent gathering, President Ramaphosa announced members facing charges would be asked to step aside:

"Those formally charged with corruption must immediately step aside from all official positions pending finalisation of their cases. It [ANC] is drawing a line in the sand about fighting corruption..."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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