Zizi Kodwa

Minister Zizi Kodwa. Image via X @advobarryroux_

How Zizi Kodwa’s arrest is linked to Sarah Langa’s ex

Zizi Kodwa is charged with corruption after allegations his luxurious lifestyle was funded by his co-accused, who is a wealthy businessman.

Zizi Kodwa

Minister Zizi Kodwa. Image via X @advobarryroux_

Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa and his co-accused, businessman Jehan MacKay, were arrested on corruption charges amounting to R1.7 million on Wednesday, 5 June.

According to EyeWitness News, Kodwa and MacKay made their first court appearance before the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court in Ekurhuleni.

The minister was implicated in the State Capture Commission, chaired by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. Claims of his alleged corruption stem from his time as the African National Congress (ANC) spokesperson and member of the national executive committee (NEC).


During the state capture commission, it was revealed that Kodwa’s lavish lifestyle was funded by businessman and former EOH Group boss, Jehan Mackay, between February 2014 and April 2015.

According to the commission, EOH Group, an IT solutions firm, and its entities including Mackay paid Kodwa R1,68m million. He was further paid R30 000, all allegedly for his personal benefit.

The monies from EOH were reported to have been utilised for a Jeep motor vehicle that Kodwa purchased on 6 June 2015. The commission further revealed that the company paid hundreds of thousands for the former deputy minister in the Presidency’s luxury accommodation. However, when probed, Kodwa said he thought the accommodations were properties that belonged to Mackay.

In exchange for the payments, the report revealed that EOH Group was granted several tenders with the City of Johannesburg. It is alleged the payments could have been for Kodwa to influence more tenders in EOH’s favour.

“The commission accordingly recommends that the president considers the position of Mr Kodwa as deputy minister of state security. Having regard to the fact that Mr Kodwa appears to find himself in a position where he is beholden by Mr Jehan Mackay,” Zondo stated in his report.


The arrest has raised questions about Kodwa’s return to parliament, as the ANC’s step-aside rule stipulates that those charged in a court of law cannot hold government positions as ministers, deputy ministers, MECs or MMCs.

Kodwa is number 25 on the ANC national list after the ruling party lost 71 seats in the 2024 elections – earning only 159 from 230 seats it clinched in 2019.


MacKay came into the spotlight in 2016 when he married influencer Sarah Langa in fairytale style-themed wedding ceremonies.

According to SowetanLIVE, Langa and MacKay a Nikah (Islamic marriage) as well as a lobola ceremony. They then officially exchanged vows and celebrated the reception at the exquisite Munro Hotel.

Sunday World revealed that MacKay dumped Langa in late 2019 and they announced their divorce in 2020. The publication added that although they were married out of community of property, MacKay agreed to pay Langa R2.8 million within six months of the finalisation of their divorce. The businessman allegedly claimed that he was paying the socialite R1 million for each year they were married – their marriage lasted for 2 years and 10 months.

Sarah Langa and Jehan McKay
Sarah Langa and Jehan MacKay at their wedding. Image via Twitter @afrikaweddings