Confronted with this, she answered: "I did not misuse any public funds; neither did I advise or motivate for anyone to get more than what the public service prescribes because that is a directive from the public service.
"Even in the recording, it is the mother in me trying to help a young South African who is trying to do something right, and that is me.
"... I try to assist. Even in the assistance I did not break any laws."
Swinging things a certain way with taxpayer money to benefit your niece could be described as corruption. But Bogopane-Zulu, and her political party, don't think so. You can bet your bottom dollar that she will be drawing her salary at the end of February, March and April.
Why? That's because no one in our political establishment thinks that she has done anything wrong. Taxpayer money is politicians' money, there to be used for personal enjoyment.
It must be incredible to sit in a room with ANC leaders and talk about the resignation of Jabu Mabuza from Eskom and not actually wonder why a Bogopane-Zulu is still in the room.
Bogopane-Zulu cannot be fired when her senior, health minister and former ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize, is not admonished for hiring his niece as his department's chief of staff despite her being implicated in corruption allegations when serving on the board of the Public Investment Corporation.