Tebogo Msimanga |
The Democratic Alliance says it will write to the Leader of Government Business, Deputy President Paul Mashatile, calling on him to address Minister Pravin Gordhan’s disregard for the Public Enterprises Portfolio Committee. DA Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises Ghaleb Cachalia said this follows Minister Gordhan’s repeated no-show before the Committee to answer serious allegations made by his former Director General, Kgathatso Tlhakudi, who he fired.
“The allegations by Tlhakudi includes that Gordhan interfered and handpicked the Takatso consortium as the preferred bidder to purchase the 51% shareholding in South African Airways. On two occasions the Portfolio Committee had gone through significant cost and trouble to accommodate the minister and he has now refused again to show up, citing health reasons”.
Cachaila added that the repeated instances of postponement and non-appearance by Minister Gordhan are causing great disruption and frustration within the committee’s proceedings.