Sport Minister Zizi Kodwa reportedly arrested, set to appear in court for allegedly receiving R1.7 million bribe



Published Jun 5, 2024


Sport, Arts and Culture Minister, Zizi Kodwa, is scheduled to make his first court appearance before the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court in Ekurhuleni, facing corruption charges involving R1.7 million.

Kodwa, former deputy minister in the Presidency responsible for State Security, was implicated in the State Capture Commission, chaired by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

On Wednesday morning, News24 reported that Kodwa had been arrested, ahead of his scheduled court appearance.

Sunday World previously reported that Kodwa was charged for allegations that he accepted bribes totalling about R1.7 million from businessman and former EOH boss Jehan Mackay. The former EOH boss is also expected to appear in the same court.

In 2020, the Zondo-led commission of inquiry into allegations State capture heard that Kodwa allegedly received money paid by a former executive of South Africa’s largest technology group, EOH Holdings.

Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. File Picture: Karen Sandison/Independent Media

ENS Forensics managing director Steven Powell claimed Kodwa received the money in eight payments from Mackay.

When the Zondo report came out in April 2022, it strongly recommended that President Cyril Ramaphosa should consider Kodwa’s then position as deputy minister in the Presidency responsible for State Security.

“The commission accordingly recommends that the president considers the position of Mr Kodwa as deputy minister of state security. Having regard to the fact that Mr Kodwa appears to find himself in a position where he is beholden by Mr Jehan Mackay,” Zondo stated in his report.

“Mr Kodwa is beholden by Mr Jehan Mackay, to whom he owes more than R1.7m. On his own version. This is a debt which he cannot immediately repay.”

In March last year, Ramaphosa announced that he was appointing Kodwa as South Africa’s minister of sports, arts and culture.

President Cyril Ramaphosa sitting next to Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Zizi Kodwa. File Picture: Kopano Tlape / GCIS

Earlier this week, The Star newspaper reported that many believed that Kodwa, a close ally of Ramaphosa, was shielded from the step aside rule which the ANC uses when a member is criminally charged, hence he was appointed to his current position.

The step-aside rule is an internal policy of the ANC, which requires members charged with corruption or other serious crimes to voluntarily “step aside” from participation in party and government activities, or face suspension.

The policy was adopted in 2017 at the party’s 54th national conference.