Following Sports and Recreation MEC Faith Mazibuko’s leaked audio of a controversial meeting with her staff, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has called for her removal.
The foundation’s executive director Neeshan Balson, has called on Gauteng premier David Makhura “to consider dismissing” Mazibuko. This after an audio of a meeting between MEC Faith Mazibuko and her staffers had surfaced and caused a stir. In the audio recording, the MEC can be heard addressing two female staffers. She tells them that she wants combi courts – a sports court that can accommodate more than one sporting code – built and presented to the community before the elections on 8 May 2019.
The MEC has since issued an apology, citing frustration as the reason why she pressured her staff.
“Out of frustration for lack of delivery, I became emotional and used inappropriate tone and language to show my frustration at lack of delivery. I wish to unreservedly apologise to all senior managers who were in the meeting, all staff members in the department, the premier and the people of Gauteng for the tone that I used and my general conduct in the meeting,” her statement read.
Balson said Mazibuko’s type of attitude at the meeting is precisely the type of attitude that led to the Life Esidimeni tragedy. He also condemned the pressure that Mazibuko put on staffers to get the courts built, suggesting that they should overlook protocol to see the project to the finish line.
“One of the reasons provided by the MEC to build the combi courts as a matter of urgency, appears to be to gain voter support ahead of the elections. That the MEC, whose duty it is to provide services to the public, appears to want to use this project for party political gains just before the elections is grossly irregular and is possibly a violation of the electoral code of conduct.
“Based on the evidence presented in the clip, we will be formally writing to the Public Service Commission, the South African Human Rights Commission and the Premier, calling on them to act on this matter,” he added.