Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa appears in court in connection with R1.6m bribery allegations

Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa who was recently arrested has appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on allegations of accepting R1.6 million in bribes. The arrest, which took place on Tuesday morning.

Zizi Kodwa appears in court

Zizi Kodwa appears in court

Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Thandi Mbambo said: “We can confirm that two individuals have been arrested following the Zondo commission recommendations on state capture. The two are to appear at Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes court on charges of corruption.”

The charges against Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa are linked to an investigation into contracts valued at over R460 million that the City of Johannesburg awarded to EOH Holdings in 2016. EOH Holdings was contracted to upgrade and maintain the metro’s software systems.

Zizi Kodwa

News24 previously reported that the Zondo Commission found Zizi Kodwa implicated in questionable transactions with Jehan Mackay, a former EOH director. Between February 2014 and April 2015, EOH-related entities and Mackay allegedly made cash payments totaling around R1.6 million to Kodwa, who also reportedly received luxury accommodation, loans, and other gratuities. The commission described Kodwa as “beholden” to Mackay.


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