‘I will co-operate’: Ntshavheni responds to being named in Zondo report

After being mentioned in the State Capture Commission’s report, Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, is pleading innocence and says she is willing to cooperate with any investigation pertaining to the matter.

Ntshavheni spoke at the State of the Nation Address (SONA) debate on Tuesday, 15 February 2022, when she responded to a finding by the commission’s chairperson, Acting Chief Justice (ACJ) Raymond Zondo, that she likely had a hand in corruption at Denel, where she was a board member.

This is contained in the second installment of the commission’s report, which was handed to the Presidency. Ntshavheni had supported a decision made by Daniel Mantsha, the chairperson of the Denel board, to suspend three executives – something seen as a key event in the eventual capture of the arms manufacturer.

“Minister Ntshavheni, like Mr Mantsha, said there was strong evidence that the three executives were guilty of serious acts of misconduct, and this evidence was already there when the executives were suspended. If that was so, the question is: why was that evidence not placed before the three executives in a disciplinary inquiry within a month after they were suspended?,” the report found.

NTSHAVHENI: ‘THERE IS NO SPECIFIC FINDING AGAINST ME’

Well, Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni seemingly doesn’t agree with the Zondo report’s findings and notes that there isn’t necessarily a damning conclusion against her.

“Honourable members, I need to take this platform to address the matter of state capture where my name has been used without due regard to the matters. I need to indicate that I will co-operate with any investigation that is undertaken by the President. I also need to indicate that there is no specific finding against me,”

Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni

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