Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
The KwaZulu-Natal department of of arts, culture and tourism has refuted accusations that MEC Weziwe Thusi had tried to sweep alleged corruption involving her husband under the carpet.
Some senior officials in the department had accused Thusi of shielding her husband from facing a disciplinary hearing and a criminal case after he was fingered in alleged mismanagement of funds.
Spokesman for the department Vukani Mbhele said it was not true that the MEC was trying to cover-up corruption allegations .
"After the department received a report from treasury following an investigation into the matter, implicating the five officials, it implemented all the recommendations," he said.
It is alleged that while five senior officials, including Thusi's husband, were fingered in a R500000 scam, only one person faced a disciplinary hearing.
Those fingered in the alleged corruption are former assistant director Nhlanhla Thusi, former head of department Bonga Ntanzi, former officials Hamilton Ntshangase, Zakhe Ndimande and Mandlendoda Mhlongo.
Mbhele said Ntanzi and Ntshangase could not be disciplined by the department as they had since left its employ.
He also said that disciplinary action against Thusi's husband could not be taken since he was also no longer their employee.
"We initiated a disciplinary action against Ndimande, who is still working for the department. And the case is on its completion stages," said Mbhele.
He dismissed allegations that the MEC's husband had played a key role in assisting a service provider, Maltre Productions, obtain a tender unduly.