The Democratic Alliance (DA) has expressed satisfaction with the resignation of South Africa’s high commissioner to Australia and former Minister of Transport, Sibusiso Sbu Ndebele.
The DA described his decision to step down as SA’s high commissioner as reasonable and justifiable considering piles of charges leveled against him.
In addition, the opposition party added that corruption and fraud have become “symptomatic of the current ANC government”. It, therefore, called on the ruling party to urgently tackle the issue of corruption and fraud among its members, in order to save the country from further shame and humiliation.
“The DA welcomes the resignation of Sbu Ndebele‚ corruption and fraud-accused former Minister of Transport; as South Africa’s High Commissioner to Australia‚” the party said in a statement.
Sibusiso Sbu Ndebele Facing Over 10 Charges
Prior to his resignation, Ndebele, a member of the ANC national executive committee‚ was quietly recalled as SA’s High Commissioner to Australia in May.
In December 2015, he was indicted for allegedly receiving R10-million from companies linked to Tasima (a company managing the electronic National Traffic Information System) through his Investec Bank account in 2010. Reports say Tasima paid the money to Ndabele for the extension of its more than R2-billion eNaTIS contract.
In addition, the former South African commissioner is also facing over ten charges with six other persons. His director-general at the time of the incidence‚ George Mahlalela and Tasima are among those facing similar charges. These include bribery‚ money laundering‚ corruption and fraud.
The former minister had appeared in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering. He is currently out on R10‚000 bail ahead of his December court appearance to answer the charges brought against him.
Sibusiso Sbu Ndebele is expected to appear in the Commercial Crimes Court for the alleged irregular extension of Tasima’s contract, which he allegedly did when he was South Africa’s Transport Minister.