De Lille rubbishes Beitbridge border post claims

Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille is hitting back at her detractors. She says she’s unmoved by what she's branded as a smear campaign by officials in her department. #eNCA Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Public Works Minister, Patricia de Lille has rubbished claims and responded to concerns about a controversial border post that cost R37-million.

The Beitbridge fence between South Africa and Zimbabwe was erected in March to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

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But its procurement and construction were questionable.

"Although it was urgent that we had to repair the fence to protect South Africans, there was never an instruction to go and be corrupt. I never give instructions for people to go and be corrupt.

"I gave instructions that the border needs to be repaired as soon as possible and that's where it ends for me," she said.

In August, De Lille said a report on the fence had cleared her name.

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