Sisulu denies claims she lost ministry after rejecting Gupta offer

The EFF claims the minister was shifted after refusing to give the Guptas a tender.

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has denied allegations by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) that she was shifted from the Defence Department to the public service and administration portfolio because she refused to give the Gupta family a tender to lease aeroplanes to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

The EFF's Deputy President Floyd Shivambu made the allegations at a Human Rights Day event in the Eastern Cape.

In a brief statement, Sisulu says she's aware of the allegations made by the EFF deputy president.

But she says she has no knowledge of her redeployment to the Public Service and Administration Department being directed by the Gupta family.

The EFF has maintained that it's able to prove all of its claims in a court of law and have challenged the Guptas to sue them.

The Guptas have denied all of the allegations against them.

Meanwhile, African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe is now waiting to see who will approach his office with more evidenc e that the Gupta family has been offering people Cabinet posts and using their political influence to advance their businesses.

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He has told ANC members that he will protect them politically if they come forward and that no one can be disciplined for doing the honourable thing.

The ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) at the weekend said that it reaffirmed its confidence in President Jacob Zuma, but that it will investigate claims the Gupta family have been telling government officials what to do.