The office of Gauteng Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation MEC Faith Mazibuko has denied that the MEC gave unlawful instructions to her staff regarding the construction of sport facilities to use for electioneering.
In an audio recording obtained by Amabhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism, Mazibuko can be heard shouting at her executive managers to speed up the construction process of the so-called Combi courts or face resignation.
MEC Mazibuko can be heard telling a senior manager to tender her resignation if she fails to ensure the construction of the five sport facilities across Gauteng.
“We can’t be standing in communities and promise them combi courts and not deliver. One is Kwa-Thema, two is Muldersdrift – that combi court we want to use it to campaign to win elections.”
Through her Department’s spokesperson Nomazwe Ntlokwana, Mazibuko denies alleged interference on administrative matters.
“At no stage in her meeting with staff did MEC Mazibuko give unlawful instructions… except she’s stressed the importance of achieving performance targets of the department and fulfilling promises made to communities out there,” says Ntlokwana.
Listen to the audio below:
See related tweets below:
— amaBhungane (@amaBhungane) March 13, 2019
#FaithMazibuko better be typing her resignation letter, because wow!
— Banele Christopher (@Banele_C) March 14, 2019
You just have to listen to these 10 explosive minutes of ANC MEC for Sport #FaithMazibuko – so many things to extract from this – ( Warning it will change your perspective of some public servants ) @amaBhungane https://t.co/ptvyXNhRaZ
— Ashraf Garda (@AshrafGarda) March 13, 2019
[Podcast] @FaithMazibukoSA #FaithMazibuko screaming at her staff demanding that certain processes be expedited ahead of the election has landed her in hot water. Earlier on #SAfmSunrise with @StephenGrootes spoke to Nomazwe Ntlokwana. Listen here: https://t.co/KQJg5GxuV7
— SAfmRadio ? (@SAfmRadio) March 14, 2019
Responsible leadership would have released #FaithMazibuko from the position of MEC with immediate effect and/or if Mazibuko herself had any bike of self-respect she would have stepped down by now. No explanation needed. She must fall on her sword.
— Reverend TP (@Taps_D) March 14, 2019