For certain Zuma – Gupta – people nominated. The question is how the ANC agreed to the nominations of these controversial elements, knowing they are implicated in wrongdoing, an analyst said. The ANC’s fielding of dubious figures to head crucial oversight committees will be understood as talking right and acting wrong, with analysts and alliance partners saying this reduces President Cyril Ramaphosa’s “new dawn” to pie in the sky.
This is said to be part of the fightback charge by Zuma loyalists, led by ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, who himself has a cloud over his head regarding the Gupta-linked Estina dairy farm debacle.
Those making a dramatic return are controversial Zuma ministers Mosebenzi Zwane, fielded to head the portfolio committee on transport, Faith Muthambi as chair of the cooperative government and traditional affairs committee, and Bongani Bongo as chair of the home affairs committee.
Also on the list is former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo, linked to a group of premiers during Zuma’s era referred to as the Premier League.
Both Muthambi and Zwane have been fingered at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, while Bongo had been accused of trying to bribe the evidence leader in parliament’s inquiry into Eskom.
Political scientist at North West University Andre Duvenhage said the submission of these tainted figures, which flew in the face of Ramaphosa’s efforts to revive the voters’ faith in the party, revealed who was really in charge.
He said the list exposed the power wielded by Zuma and Magashule in the ANC.
The party has shot itself in the foot by fielding figures closely linked to Zuma and the notorious Gupta family.
“This is an area of serious concern. The question is how the ANC agreed to the nominations of these controversial elements, knowing they are implicated in wrongdoing,” Duvenhage said.
“It tells the public that things would continue as normal. There is no new dawn and no future of ending corruption … we are in serious trouble,” he said.
The ANC’s alliance partner, labour federation Cosatu, is also not pleased with the nomination of tainted figures and warned that the patience of voters was not limitless.
“The ANC needs to ensure all its public representatives reflect the highest levels of integrity at all times and that there are actually real consequences for those who misbehave,” the federation’s parliamentary coordinator, Matthew Parks, said.
PARLIAMENT – There’s been a major outcry within and outside the ANC-led tripartite alliance over some of the ANC MPs who’ve been nominated to chair parliamentary portfolio committees. The names of some of the nominees have cropped up several times in the state capture inquiry.
Faith Muthambi is a former cabinet minister and a staunch supporter of former president Jacob Zuma.
According to the testimony before the state capture inquiry, she tried to destabilise The Government Communication and Information System when she was a communications minister.
Muthambi has been nominated to chair Parliament’s portfolio committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
Mosebenzi Zwane has been implicated in the Free State’s Vrede Dairy farm saga.
It’s alleged he had a hand in diverting funds meant for the project to the controversial Gupta family.
Zwane was the MEC for Agriculture in the Free State province at the time.
He’s been nominated to chair the Transport Committee.
Cedric Frolick who’ll retain his job as chair of chairs is alleged to have received a R40,000 bribe from Bosasa.
Former state security minister Bongani Bongo is facing bribery charges but he’s been nominated to chair the Home Affairs Committee.
Under former Energy Minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson‘s tenure Central Energy Fund key strategic oil reserves were sold off below the market price and without national treasury’s permission but she’s been nominated to chair the Police Committee.
Former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo was stripped of the premiership position and the province was placed under administration over corruption and mismanagement allegations.
Mahumapelo’s been nominated to chair the Tourism portfolio committee.
“When we saw those faces as leadership of Saftu of those faces that are going to chair those portfolio committees in parliament, immediately we said there will be no peace in parliament,” said Saftu deputy president, Nomvume Ralarala
Even Cosatu which is part of the ANC-led tripartite alliance isn’t pleased.
Some of the nominees insist their hands are clean.
They’re blaming the media and certain members of society for their troubles.
19 June 2019
The ANC’s parliamentary caucus has revealed who will chair various committees in the sixth administration. Among controversial members given committees are Faith Muthambi, Supra Mahumapelo and Mosebenzi Zwane.
22 June 2019 –
Outcry over new parliament portfolio chairpersons
Mahumapelo accused of receiving bribe
Former North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo is accused of receiving a bribe.