Former ANC spokeswoman Khusela Diko blamed the patriarchy for the ordeal she suffered during an investigation by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) on her and the former Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku after the couple were cleared of any wrongdoing related to the purchase of PPE. Saturday by the National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) of the ANC.

Diko and her late husband – Royal King of Bhaca Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko – were suspended by the ANC after it emerged that there may have been irregularities related to a tender for the personal protective equipment of 125 million rand last year.

NDC erases ANC wrongdoing duo

In a statement released by Diko’s lawyers, Avela Nontso’s lawyers said she was adamant that the investigation into her family was the result of a pattern of behavior towards women on the part of the society.

“Our client is of the opinion that this process highlighted the stubborn persistence of patriarchy and arbitrariness in our society, with comrades in particular being held accountable and sanctioned for the business interests of their partners and spouses,” the statement read.

They said the decision to extricate the pair demonstrates the “fair processes” carried out by the ruling party.

“Our client, Ms. Khusela Diko, welcomes the NDC’s findings, as they once again affirm her long-standing confidence in transparent and procedurally fair internal processes of the ANC.

Diko and Masuku remain suspended

Diko’s lawyers wrote that they now consider the case settled and dusted off, and said Diko is looking forward to getting on with her life after a difficult year.

“Our client is relieved that this matter is now finalized and confirmed. This concludes a chapter in what has been an especially difficult year for our client – a year in which she and her family suffered immense damage to their reputation, and in which she also lost her beloved husband. .

However, Diko and Maskuku remain suspended by the ANC, and it remains unclear whether either of them will resume their duties in the ruling party.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-23 07:58:21


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