Molebatsi Bopape opens up about her suspension from Gauteng ANC

Former Sports MEC Molebatsi Bopape, says the African National Congress (ANC) has not spoken to her since she was removed from her portfolio as the MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation in the province last year.

ANC in Gauteng has suspended Bopape, who was also the Gauteng Provincial Legislature member, with immediate effect.

According to the statement released by Gauteng ANC, Bopape's suspension is related to her conduct, which amounted to her undermining the political authority of the ANC caucus.

Last year there were allegations that Bopape was implicated in irregular tender activities amounting to R10 million.

The accusations came from officials of the Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation department. Premier David Makhura then referred her to the integrity commissioner.

Bopape then attempted to publicise contents of a dossier in the Gauteng Legislature relating to her removal as MEC for Sports Arts, Culture and Recreation.

She told Xolani that she wanted to tell her side of the story at the Gauteng Legislature when the Speaker refused her an opportunity to speak.

This thing has been eating me up Xolani. I was not well. I reacted to everything so much that I even collapsed at one stage and no one cared.

Molebatsi Bopape, suspended Gauteng Provincial Legislature member and former Sports MEC

So I said to myself, if I keep quiet for so long it means I have done all these things. Let me break the silence.

Molebatsi Bopape, suspended Gauteng Provincial Legislature member and former Sports MEC

I packaged quite a number of documents as per the Constitution under privileged 117. I did that and I made it available to all members.

Molebatsi Bopape, suspended Gauteng Provincial Legislature member and former Sports MEC

Listen to Bopape below explaining the events that led to her suspension...

Bopape says her lawyers have been trying to get information from the Premier's office because the forensic investigation has now been completed.

Once a decision has been taken we will also be expecting them to give us the report because access to information is in the Constitution. They have interrogated me, we want to see contents of the report.

Molebatsi Bopape, suspended Gauteng Provincial Legislature member and former Sports MEC

Gauteng ANC spokesperson Nkenke Kekana says Bopape's conduct damaged the reputation and integrity of the ANC.

When we are in the Legislature, there is a code of conduct that you need to respect as the member of the Legislature. If your conduct undermines the authority of the ANC, we have responsibility to intervene.

Nkenke Kekana, Gauteng ANC spokesprson

Listen to Nkenke Kekana explaining ANC's reasons for Bopape's suspension...

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