Lindiwe Sisulu given ’24 hours’ to come clean about water contracts

Lindiwe Sisulu could face criminal charges, should she not meet the DA's demands.

Lindiwe Sisulu given ’24 hours’ to come clean about water contracts

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has given Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu a day to respond to claims about irregularities regarding deals entered into by her department and contractors.

Clock ticking for Lindiwe Sisulu

Sisulu is accused of overseeing the employment of 19 staffers in the National Rapid Response Task Team (NRRTT), seven of which were apparently hired without submitting resumes. This is said to have been an attempt at aiding her own presidential ambitions by gathering a “political war room” at taxpayers expense.

The DA has urged her to clarify the current status of the employment contracts of these members of the (NRRTT).

“Despite dozens of media enquiries regarding the nature and purpose of the NRRTT, the Minister went to great lengths to defend the appointments as necessary in the execution of the Department of Water and Sanitation’s core work. All claims by the DA that this R13.9 million team was in fact a political campaign team, irregularly appointed as auxiliary to Ministerial staff limit allowances, and remunerated at the taxpayers’ expense, were denied emphatically by Sisulu and dismissed as ‘false and malicious’.”

Democratic Alliance

Presidential ambitions laid bare

The DA says it has been informed that several entities, including the media, have also sought clarity on this matter.

A memorandum issued out in April states that Sisulu had kept quiet despite being aware that members of the NRRTT had been raising money – using the department’s name – to bankroll her 2022 campaign for ANC presidency.

“It is clear that Sisulu is not only seriously compromised politically, but has attempted to execute a sloppy diversionary campaign intent on silencing the furore surrounding her slate of politically aligned appointments to tax-payer funded positions – including Bathabile Dlamini, Menzi Simelane, Mphumzi Mdekazi, 19 alleged political campaigners disguised as NRRTT staffers, amongst other,” the DA said.

“It is further clear that Sisulu has no respect for the integrity of both the media and Members of Parliament, whose core mandates are to provide the public with factual information and hold the Executive to account.”

Democratic Alliance

Sisulu ran for ANC presidency in 2017, alongside the likes of President Cyril Ramaphosa and Cogta Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Source : The South African More   

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Desperate Lesotho citizens jump borders to get home

Desperate citizens stranded in South Africa have taken to jumping the Lesotho border risking their lives to get home.

Desperate Lesotho citizens jump borders to get home

Reports from Lesotho claim that hundreds of Basotho are resorting to perilous and illegal border crossings having been stranded in locked down South Africa.

All of South Africa’s ports of entry remain closed to travellers with only goods being traded and medical emergencies granting permission to enter or exit the country.

Desperate Lesotho citizens jump border

Lesotho is entirely encompassed by South Africa, meaning the mountain kingdom has been sealed off from the outside world.

Widespread testing has not been possible inside the country but they did institute a lockdown which remains in effect.

Lesotho citizens working in South Africa have been left stranded in the country, but the opening of the interprovincial blockade saw a rush of border jumpers attempting dangerous border jump to return to their homes and families.

Many of the border jumpers reportedly made their way to the Eastern Cape from the winelands and crossed into Lesotho by ferrying over the Tele River into Lesotho border town Quthing.

Still, others are entering through the Free State town of Wepener, where the border is not reinforced by significant natural barriers.

Last week South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi announced a mass repatriation of citizens of Lesotho, Zimbabwe and other neighbouring states. Some of that large group were in South Africa illegally and were being held at the Lindela Repatriation Centre near Krugersdorp.

There were 95 Lesotho citizens in the group of more than 700 repatriated from Lindela with the majority headed to Zimbabwe.

The Lesotho border jumpers say they are desperate to return home as they can no longer support themselves in South Africa.

Residents of Lesotho who are in South Africa legally, may remain in South Africa without applying for additional paperwork until at least 15 June 2020 according to a Home Affairs announcement made in April.

Citizens of neighbouring states may not simply leave SA 

“During the lockdown, except for cases relating to expatriation initiated by another state, all foreign nationals who are currently in South Africa may not depart,” the department of home affairs notified in April.

The department of home affairs have barred foreign nationals who are in South Africa from leaving the country outside of official repatriation and deportation efforts.

After receiving 95 citizens repatriated from South Africa this week, it is unclear if the government of Lesotho has any intention of engaging in further efforts to bring any of its people in South Africa and neighbouring states back to their home.

Source : The South African More   

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