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nxesiThe Star reports that Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) Minister Thulas Nxesi has dismissed claims that he was one of three ministers who solicited a bribe of R500 million.

This after a Sunday World report fingered Nxesi as being one of the three ministers who solicited a bribe from the CEO of Thuja Capital, Mthunzi Mdwaba, in connection with an Unemployed Insurance Fund jobs scheme. Mdwaba alleged that Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana sent three ministers to get the money, which was part of a failed R5bn contract. However, the minister, through his spokesperson, Sabelo Mali, said these reports were not true. “We are aware of the new claims attributable to Mdwaba in the Sunday World, and reject with contempt as false and without foundation. The allegations are completely unsupported by facts or any piece of evidence,” Mali said. According to Mdwaba, Nxesi, Godongwana, and Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande were the three ministers involved in the bribery scandal. On Tuesday, the DA’s Michael Cardo called on Nxesi to come out and clear his name. “The minister should respond to the explosive allegation that he – along with two other ministers – attempted to solicit a 10% kickback on the dodgy R5bn UIF/Thuja Capital job-creation deal,” Cardo said. He added: “If Mr Mdwaba is tilting at windmills and making up stories to deflect blame, then Minister Nxesi should sue him for defamation.” An ActionSA spokesperson said the party would be writing to the president urging him to lodge an SIU investigation into the matter.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Siyabonga Sithole at The Star
  • Read too, Thulas Nxesi denies allegations in R500-million UIF bribery scandal, at The Citizen

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