Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has denied she interfered in a lucrative R2.1 billion e-commerce platform tender at the South African Post Office (SAPO).
She addressed the media in Pretoria on Tuesday. She says the allegations that she flouted procurement processes are malicious, untrue and irresponsible.
She brought along the Acting Chairperson of SAPO, Tia van der Sand, and the Acting Director-General of her department, Nomvuyiso Batyi, to also address the media on the issue.
They both denied that Ndabeni-Abrahams acted improperly.
Ndabeni-Abrahams says chasing headlines with unsubstantiated facts will not remove the rot of corruption in society.
“I don’t know why they are attacking me. It bothers me that they are misleading people. It bothers me that they are breaking the ethics of journalism. But it doesn’t bother me as a person because as I said at the end of the day I’m not here to be liked by anyone. In the work that I do, there are those who like me and those who dislike me, and I welcome them all because it’s my responsibility to serve both.”
Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams addresses the media: