LISTEN: Leaked recording captures ANC MEC's rant over expedited delivery

2019-03-14 11:59

Gauteng’s ANC MEC for sport, arts, culture and recreation, Faith Mazibuko. (Supplied, Gallo images)

Gauteng’s ANC MEC for sport, arts, culture and recreation, Faith Mazibuko. (Supplied, Gallo images)

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During election season there is a temptation for parties to try tailor service delivery to win favour.

In the recording a furious-sounding Mazibuko demands that planned "combi courts" (used for a combination of sporting activities) be rolled out before elections because, she says, referring to one such facility, "we want to use it to campaign and win elections".

Her anger is sparked when her staff point out that there might be a rollover on the combi courts to the next financial year. One staffer says in the recording that the department has explored ways of expediting the combi courts but that due process may delay implementation.

"We’ve looked at this issue up, down, around, through and over," says the staffer, who then points out that there is no valid contract in place with the implementing agent and that they cannot find a legal mechanism to roll them out.

However an irate Mazibuko will have none of it and refuses to listen to her staff’s words of caution. "I want those combi courts! How you do that, if it means you go and construct them with your hands, you better do it! No rollover of that money of combi courts!"

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The MEC’s office said in response to questions: "The meeting referred to in your enquiry was a confidential meeting between the MEC and executive staff members of the department of which the MEC respects confidentiality thereof."

"That’s why some departments, they don’t want to see a white woman or any Indian woman! It’s not about racism, it’s because you like talking English!"

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