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...

Read More
Makhura & e-tolls: The audacity of hope

Makhura & e-tolls: The audacity of hope

Ranjeni Munusamy asks if it’s really possible that e-tolling could be scrapped in Gauteng.

Mashatile says a party resolution on e-tolls will be made public

Mashatile says a party resolution on e-tolls will be made public

On Friday, Mashatile said recommendations of the e-tolls review panel should be implemented.

Mashatile says focus is on economic transformation

Mashatile says focus is on economic transformation

Re-elected Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile was speaking at the ANC’s Gauteng conference.

Gauteng province: The ANC's reality check

Gauteng province: The ANC's reality check

Stephen Grootes says the Gauteng ANC appears to be almost out of step with the rest of its party.

OPINION: Truth, power and the hidden political battles

OPINION: Truth, power and the hidden political battles

Ranjeni Munusamy says there is a dearth of proper leadership in the country’s Ground Zero of power.

OPINION: Zuma’s postcard from a parallel universe

OPINION: Zuma’s postcard from a parallel universe

Stephen Grootes says recent comments by Jacob Zuma have rung loud alarm bells.

OPINION: ANC Gauteng: Charting its own path

OPINION: ANC Gauteng: Charting its own path

Stephen Grootes says the ANC Gauteng seems to be trying out a new approach to governance.

OPINION: The final days, with party turbulence ahead

OPINION: The final days, with party turbulence ahead

Stephen Grootes looks at the ANC and DA's strategy in the run-up to next week’s local government poll.

OPINION: ANC Divided. Confused. No plan – except in Gauteng

OPINION: ANC Divided. Confused. No plan – except in Gauteng

Stephen Grootes looks at how ruling party has begun to weaken in the last two decades.

Gauteng Premier Makhura vows to clean out corruption and address E-tolls

Gauteng Premier Makhura vows to clean out corruption and address E-tolls

John Robbie hosts Gauteng Premier David Makhura on E-tolls, the power crisis and more.

Popular articles
Home Affairs to follow up on special dispensation permit for Zimbabweans in SA

Home Affairs to follow up on special dispensation permit for Zimbabweans in SA

Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize says her department will respond to all Zimbabweans under special dispensation.

Getting to know MP, Dr Makhosi Khoza

Getting to know MP, Dr Makhosi Khoza

Dr Khoza is admired by South Africans for her role in the SABC inquiry as a ANC member of parliament.

No escaping the tax man even if you work outside SA

No escaping the tax man even if you work outside SA

Government is intending to change the way foreign income is taxed by introducing taxes to a large South African diaspora.

Earn peanuts? How to best invest very small amounts...

Earn peanuts? How to best invest very small amounts...

Got a spare R200 or R300 a month? Here’s how to make that money work hard and grow…

5 most important years in anyone’s life (when it comes to investing)

5 most important years in anyone’s life (when it comes to investing)

How old are you? Financial advisor Warren Ingram discusses the five most important ages in anyone’s investment career.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?