By Enyichukwu Enemanna
South Africa’s Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, along with three other members of the Parliament from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party have been cleared of corruption by a Committee of the Parliament.
The MPs cleared along with Nxesi are Cedric Frolick, Mosebenzi Zwane and Winnie Ngwenya.
They were implicated following investigation into allegations of large-scale corruption, commonly known as “state capture”, under former President Jacob Zuma.
Mr Nxesi was accused of receiving payments from prominent businessman Edwin Sodi, while the other three MPs were implicated in separate graft allegations.
A Joint Committee of the Parliament on Ethics and Members’ Interests, on Tuesday cleared the four lawmakers of any wrongdoing.
The committee headed by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo unraveled widespread graft involving state-owned entities, in an inquiry that ran between 2018 to 2022, though no one has been convicted in a criminal trial so far.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said recommendations from the inquiry would be implemented at an appropriate time.
Zuma resigned in 2018, a year before his second term in office was due to end, arising from corruption allegations.