Thulas Nxesi NSFAS Case Postponed, South Africans Dejected: “Postpone Again”

Thulas Nxesi NSFAS Case Postponed, South Africans Dejected: “Postpone Again”

  • The minister of labour and employment, Thulas Nxesi, was supposed to appear in court to set his corruption case aside
  • However, Nxesi's case was delayed as Mthunzi Mdwaba, the man accusing him of corruption, was not ready for the case
  • South Africans felt like their strength was sapped and did not think Nxesi, or any politician, would get prosecuted

Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, covered police investigations and court cases at Daily Sun for over three years.

Thulas Nxesi's case was postponed because Mdwaba's legal team was not ready
Mthunzi Mdwaba's legal team is not ready to face Thulas Nxesi. Images: Frennie Shivambu/Gallo Images via Getty Images and Eric Piermont/AFP via Getty Images
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Thulas Nxesi, the minister of employment and labour, was supposed to appear in court on 25 January, but his case was postponed. This was because Thuja Captial's Mthunzi Mdwaba was not ready to face him legally in court.

Thulas Nxesi's court date postponed

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According to eNCA, Nxesi was supposed to appear at the Pretoria High Court after he applied to have his corruption case set aside. This was after Nxesi was implicated in a corruption case involving the finance minister, Enoch Godongwana and a few other high-ranking officials, including the African National Congress secretary general, Fikile Mbalula.

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Mdwaba accused Nxesi of benefitting from the Unemployment Insurance Fund contract that Mdwaba's company was allegedly supposed to receive. Mdwaba asserted that Nxesi and a delegation sent by Godongwana demanded that he part with 10% of the R5 billion contract he was supposed to receive. The contract was meant to create employment.

South Africans don't think he'll be prosecuted

South Africans on Facebook doubted Nxesi would have his day in court.

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Koos De Wit said:

"We're wasting time and money to try and get those fools prosecuted. Nothing will ever happen to them. They'll continue plundering and stealing."

Jennifer Capham Rijkenberg:

"Postpone and postpone again."

Map Daka Wa-Mars commented:

"Corrupt people act like money lovers."

WhatsApp screenshots allegedly link Nxesi to UIF corruption scandal

Similarly, Briefly News reported that Mdwaba released WhatsApp conversations that allegedly damned Nxesi in the UIF saga.

Mdwaba reported posting WhatsApp screenshots dated back to March 2021. In the receipts, Nesi wanted to secure accommodation for his sister's son. The purpose of these screenshots was to challenge claims that Nxesi contracted Mdwaba in October 2021.

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Source: Briefly News

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email:

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