Saturday, 18 January 2020 20:14


The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced that it would file a complaint at the Public Service Commission to investigate the appointment of Menzi Simelane and Mo Shaik to the Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Department.

Former National Director of Public Prosecutions Menzi Simelane and former intelligence head Mo Shaik have been appointed as special advisers by Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

Simelane's appointment by former president Jacob Zuma was found to have been invalid by the Constitutional Court,while Shaik played a lamentable role in the Bulelani Ngcuka Apartheid spy debacle.

In her response, Sisulu stated that "posts in the ministry have been filled as outlined in the Guide for Members of the Executive, otherwise commonly referred to as the Ministerial Handbook".

"Conditions of employment, such as salaries and qualifications of staff, are confidential. Laws such as the Protection of Personal Information Act and Basic Conditions of Employment, among others, protect the confidentiality of such information," she stated.

Shaik and Simelane are not Sisulu's first controversial appointments. In November, it emerged she appointed former social development minister Bathabile Dlamini as chairperson of the social housing regulatory authority interim board (SHRA).