Mo Shaik resigns DA pressure

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Mo Shaik resigns as ‘special advisor’ to Lindiwe Sisulu, DA overjoyed

The blue party have said that Mo Shaik’s resignation as Lindiwe Sisulu’s special advisor, is a direct result of ‘DA pressure’.

Mo Shaik resigns DA pressure

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) has, naturally, welcomed former head of intelligence Mo Shaik’s resignation as special advisor to Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu.

According to DA shadow deputy minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Emma Louise Powell, Shaik’s resignation is a direct result of DA pressure. 

Shaik hired despite not having qualifications

Powell claims his resignation comes after “revelations that Shaik had been appointed by Minister Sisulu, despite not having qualifications relating to his role as a special advisor on water services”.

“Shaik’s decision to resign as a victory for all South Africans. There is no place for ANC cadres and their politically connected consultancies being employed in government departments, already buckling under the weight of corruption and maladministration,” said Powell. 

Taking it a step further, Powell said the DA now awaits Menzi Simelane’s resignation as Sisulu’s second “special advisor”.

“We will continue to interrogate all appointments and consultancy awards made by the Ministry,” she added. 

Sisulu under fire for appointments

Sisulu came under fire on Friday 17 January after it was revealed that the ANC Cabinet member had handed roles in her office to two dubious characters: Mo Shaik and Menzi Simelane — both of them implicated in state capture. 

Mo Shaik is known for the following: 

  • Shaik was influential in falsely branding ex-NDPP Bulelani Ngcuka as “an apartheid spy”;
  • Had previously declined to investigate the Gupta family before a change of heart years later; and
  • The DA — and his political opponents — have accused him of standing idly by while in a power of position and failing to clamp down on state capture.

Menzi Simelane, next on the DA’s hit list, is known for the following: 

  • His appointment as NDPP was declared “inconsistent with the Constitution and invalid” by the courts;
  • Simelane was infamously barred from practising law in South Africa and has links to the Gupta brothers; and 
  • Has previously raised controversy by appearing on Lindiwe Sisulu’s slate for the 2017 ANC Elective Conference. Her bid for the leadership was scuppered, and Simelane’s support raised questions.

In a bid to get rid of Sisulu’s “staff”, Powell said the following just last month: 

“We will file a complaint at the Public Service Commission to investigate Lindiwe Sisulu’s appointments, and will request the salaries of these individuals, and others working in the Minister’s office — given her office’s refusal to disclose their price tags. Simelane and Shaik may also be her allies if she runs for ANC deputy president.”