“ANC reserves positions on boards of SOEs for friends”

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Democratic Alliance on Friday revealed damning new evidence that the African National Congress (ANC) cadre deployment committee reserves certain positions on the boards of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) for “party cronies” whose CVs appear to be kept in a database separate from other applicants.

DA Shadow Minister for Public Service and Administration Dr Leon Schreiber said this evidence, contained in meeting minutes of the ANC cadre deployment committee dating from between May and November 2018, provides the clearest proof yet that the capture of the state to serve the interests of the ANC rather than the people of South Africa continues unabated under the presidency of Cyril Ramaphosa.

“During meetings of the ANC cadre deployment committee on 11 May, 3 August and 26 November 2018, the committee reserved positions for “ANC cadres” and “firm supporters of the ANC” on the boards of SANParks, the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), Transnet, Denel, SAA, the South African Forestry Company (SAFCOL), Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), SANRAL and the National Advisory Council of Innovation.”

Schreiber said in addition to the 11-member ANC cadre deployment committee, the evidence implicates current Ministers Pravin Gordhan, Blade Nzimande, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Lindiwe Zulu and former Minister Edna Molewa in explicitly reserving SOE board seats for the deployment committee, although it is likely that board seats are similarly reserved for party cadres on boards across national government.

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