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Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu may be in for a tough week, after it was claimed that two high-profile officials are ready to reveal all about the bad behaviour involving some members of her advisory boards – and one particularly unruly aide.
As well as having two Chief Executives of assigned water projects prepared to hand in their incriminating affidavits, the DA claim to have a different pair of whistleblowers who have presented them with ‘matters of national importance’ – also relating to Lindiwe Sisulu.
Emma Powell is the deputy shadow minister for Sisulu’s department. The MP said her office has been given “dossiers of information” which will be aired publicly later this week. It’s understood the aide in question is also facing criminal charges, meaning that some information has to remain under wraps for the time being. Powell is adamant that Sisulu is “panicking” about some incredibly serious matters:
“It is clear the Minister is in a panic. Shortly prior to her announcement last night, my office received dossiers of information from two separate whistleblowers, relating to a number of matters concerning Sisulu’s department that are of national importance. These will all be aired publicly in the coming days.”
“Most importantly, the DA can confirm that we are in possession of two sworn affidavits, drafted by the Chief Executives (CE) of both Lepelle Water Board and Amatola Water Board, Phineas Legodi and Vuyo Zitumane. Lindiwe Sisulu’s statement is a pre-emptive measure designed to nullify the incredibly serious allegations contained in the affidavits.”Emma Powell
The DA will today refer this matter, along with supporting documentation to the Office of the Public Protector, and to Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts. – @powellemmaloui1 #day38oflockdown— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) May 3, 2020
In a statement, the department said Sisulu had met with her advisors and received reports regarding “intensified processes” to shut down the Amatola Water Board. DWS state the decision to was not an easy one to make and several factors had to be taken into account – including the need to have a solvent institution that “strives for reliable delivery of water to the citizens of the Eastern Cape.”
“The department has applied to resolve the cases of irregular expenditure in the Department of Water and Sanitation by addressing the findings of the investigation in some of the entities over which the Ministry of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation holds jurisdiction.”DWS statement on Saturday