Panyaza Lesufi took to Twitter to share an apology that was issued relating to the allegations of secret tender meetings that he supposedly held, despite the reputational damage that has already been done.
Member of the Executive Committee (MEC) for Education in Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi took to Twitter on Sunday, 18 April 2021, to showcase the retraction printed on the alleged secret tender meetings he supposedly held. This follows reports of a supposedly leaked recording of Lesufi allegedly colluding with possible tender recipients to benefit financially upon awarding the tenders to them.
The allegations had come on the back of suggestions of corruption in his department, following the unanswered allocation of some R431 million that was allegedly spent on COVID-19 preparations for the new academic year. Therefore, when the secret tender meetings allegations surfaced, they were in addition to the already existing allegations of corruption.
In his post, Lesufi acknowledged the retraction but stated that the damage has already been done. Moreover, he claimed to have already forgiven those who believed the allegations. Additionally, he thanked those whose support never wavered whilst trying to prove his innocence.
See the post below.
The damage is done. My reputation and standing challenged. To all those who insulted me and labelled me I unreservedly forgive you. When you throw mud to me I will always throw soap to clean it. To those who believed in my innocence I remain deeply indebted to you. I’m still hurt pic.twitter.com/hfujofRwfD
— Panyaza Lesufi (@Lesufi) April 18, 2021