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Kodwa Resigns As Sports Minister For Corruption Allegation

  • June 5, 2024
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Kodwa Resigns As Sports Minister For Corruption Allegation

Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa has resigned from his portfolio.  

Kodwa appeared in front of the court after the charges were brought against him about corruption. 

Reputable newsfeeds Mail and Guardian brought huge allegations against Kodwa a few weeks ago that he was implicated in a corruption scandal where the National Prosecuting Authority encouraged its prosecutors and investigators to go after state capture cases. According to the reports, Kodwa allegedly received a bride pf R1.6 million to influence lucrative tenders for a software firm.  

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) then pursued charges against him.  

This case is part of the broader state capture investigations, which have implicated several senior ANC members. 

After he appeared in court on Wednesday, he decided to step down.  

Sportswire was informed last month these allegations would work against him when President Cyril Ramaphosa was going to do the reshuffle his cabinet.

As Ramaphosa is under pressure himself, there was no way he was going to deploy Kodwa in the new cabinet or even extend his stay within the sports sector. 

“Mr. Zizi Kodwa, MP, announces his immediate resignation as minister of sports, arts and culture,” said the statement from the sports ministry. 

“This comes as Mr Kodwa challenges the charges against him which he strongly denies. 

“Mr. Kodwa has informed the president that he will resign as minister of sports, arts, and culture and member of the cabinet after being formally charged.  

“Mr. Kodwa expressed his sincere appreciation to the president and the governing party for the opportunity to serve the nation. 

“He also takes the opportunity to express thanks to all the staff at the ministry and department of sport, arts, and culture for the opportunity to serve with them, and to all stakeholders in sport, arts, and culture, with whom he has worked so well with as minister.”  

Kodwa, who was appointed as the Sports, Arts, and Culture Minister last year, his last appearance in the sport was when he attended the Nedbank Cup final at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday where Orlando Pirates beat Mamelodi Sundowns.

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