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ActionSA slams return of Zizi Kodwa to Parliament amid corruption charges

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ActionSA has vehemently criticised the impending return of Zizi Kodwa, the former minister of Sport, Arts and Culture facing serious corruption allegations, to Parliament as a member of the ANC.

Former Sport, Arts and Culture minister Zizi Kodwa. Picture: Itumeleng English, Independent Newspapers

ActionSA has vehemently criticised the impending return of Zizi Kodwa, the former minister of Sport, Arts and Culture facing serious corruption allegations, to Parliament as a member of the ANC.

Despite currently facing charges related to accepting a R1.7 million bribe, Kodwa is set to be sworn in on Tuesday as a Member of Parliament, a move that has sparked outrage and condemnation from the opposition party.

Kodwa stands accused under the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, with legal proceedings ongoing at the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crime Court. The charges stem from allegations detailed in the State of Capture Report, implicating Kodwa in a scandal involving bribery to influence government contract awards.

“Consequently, it is unthinkable that in any nation governed by the rule of law that an individual can simultaneously juggle courtroom appearances for breaking corruption laws while sitting in Parliament, shaping the country’s laws,” Athol Trollip, ActionSA’s parliamentary caucus leader, said in a written statement.

ActionSA underscored the contradiction inherent in allowing someone accused of serious financial misconduct to hold a position of legislative authority.

Trollip noted that the controversy surrounding Kodwa’s anticipated swearing-in highlights broader concerns about governance and ethical standards within the ANC.

ActionSA pointedly referenced President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent inauguration promises, noting the dissonance between these pledges and the reality of Kodwa’s appointment. This situation further complicates matters as another prominent figure implicated in corruption allegations, Nomvula Mokonyane, played a central role in Ramaphosa’s inauguration despite her own controversial ties to the State Capture Report.

Trollip criticised attempts to portray a facade of renewal within the ANC through initiatives like the Government of National Unity, describing such efforts as insulting to the intelligence of South Africans.

In response to these developments, ActionSA called upon the ANC to prioritise the integrity of Parliament and withdraw Kodwa’s candidacy as an MP. The party argued that such a decision would allow Kodwa to focus on his legal proceedings without burdening South African taxpayers with the expenses associated with a parliamentarian facing corruption charges.

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