The PPE scandal also linked Gauteng MEC of Health Bandile Masuku’s wife, Loyiso, who is a close family friend of the Dikos.
“It’s a pity that no amount of money can rid this toxicity about this scourge of corruption. What is also worrying is the expensive way of dealing with corruption, like the Zondo Commission, while there is absolutely no guarantee of consequences. The only way is good governance to take our country forward,” Sisulu said.
Her department has not been excepted from acts of corruption. Since taking over the department and instituting an anti-corruption task team, 97 officials were found guilty; 16 officials were found not guilty; and 24 officials have resigned.
“Just look at the inherent mess that I am morphing in this department and ask yourself how did this happen. Nevertheless we will prevail, we must prevail, we have to force the culture of good laws, good governance, consequent management, rather than having people at senior positions craving for taxpayers’ money at the expense of the poor, the downtrodden and the marginalised.
Sisulu didn’t want to be drawn into whether some of the findings of the investigations implicated ANC leaders. “During my time, the air will be cleaner and we can breath again,” Sisulu said.
While implicated persons are usually hailed before the party’s Integrity Commission, a spanner was thrown into the works on Sunday when the commission recommended that Deputy Finance Minister David Madondo should step aside following a dispute with his former lover.
The commission also said it hadn’t cleared ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe and Deputy President David Mabuza. The ANC has been mum on actions to be taken on Madondo, Mabuza and Mantashe.