Zindzi Mandela defends Lindiwe Sisulu over proposed R9.2m advisory team

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South Africa’s Ambassador to Denmark has jumped to the defence of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu over claims she’s considering appointing a costly advisory committee.

City Press reported on Thursday that the proposed committee’s members could earn a total of R9.2 million per annum.

It said the proposed committee’s members include Sisulu’s “political associate” Mphumzi Mdekazi and controversial former Minister Gugile Nkwinti.

‘Strong black woman under attack’

The Democratic Alliance (DA) slammed the proposed appointments in a statement on Thursday.

It said, “Last year, the Office of the Public Protector found that Nkwinti had violated both the Executive Ethics Code and the Constitution.

“This after the DA lodged a complaint alleging that Nkwinti had influenced his department to buy Bekendvlei Farm in 2011 for R97 million and subsequently allocate it to his friend and colleague, Errol Velile Present.”

However, in a tweet on Friday, Mandela said the reports constituted “another attack on a strong black woman.”

‘Malema warned us’

She wrote, “Another strong Black woman under attack then we claim to be ready for a female president @LindiweSisuluSA.

“Did @Julius_S_Malema not warn us that this would happen? #HandsOfLindiweSisulu #WeLoveYouSisNcebi.”

Speaking in Parliament last year, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema claimed a faction in the African National Congress (ANC) will “character assassinate” Sisulu.

He claimed Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, whom he called by his middle name Jamnadas, is the key figure in this faction.

Malema said, “Jamnadas’ faction destroyed a lot of comrades the same way they’re doing now.

“When you disagree with them, they go to the papers. Let me tell you who’s their next victim – it’s Minister Sisulu because they are projecting her as a person who is competing the President.”

Addressing ANC members in the Dullah Omar region in Khayelitsha last weekend, Sisulu said if it was true that the 2017 ANC conference that elected Cyril Ramaphosa as President was “bought,” then “we must do something about it.”

Some viewed this as a direct challenge on Ramaphosa, whose CR17 campaign fundraising activities were the subject of a Public Protector investigation last year.

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