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Zizi Kodwa resigns as Minister and as MP

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Johnathan Paoli

Sports, Arts and Culture minister Zizi Kodwa has resigned as a Minister and an MP after his release on bail for corruption charges on Wednesday.

Kodwa and former Senior Executive of Enterprise Outsourcing Holdings (EOH), Jehan Mackay, appeared at the Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Psalm Ridge facing charges of contravention of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act (PRECCA) and corruption.

The pair were released on R30 000 bail and expected back in court on 29 July.

Kodwa confirmed his resignation and said he has informed President Cyril Ramaphosa that he will resign as minister and member of cabinet following his formal charges.

In a statement, the Sports Ministry said Kodwa expresses his sincere appreciation to the President and the ANC for the opportunity to serve the nation.

The Ministry said Kodwa wanted to take the opportunity to express gratitude to the ministerial and departmental staff as well as to all stakeholders in sport, arts and culture with whom he has worked as minister.

ANC national spokesperson Bhengu-Motsiri, in an address to the media on the outcomes of the ruling party’s national working committee (NWC), commented on the trial and said the party has noted the formal charging of the minister.

Bhengu-Motsiri said the party would implement the step aside rule and expected Kodwa to comply.


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