DA wants ‘misleading’ energy minister investigated

BY CHARL BOSCH - NOVEMBER 25, 2014

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on Parliament’s Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests to investigate Energy Minster, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, for alleged misconduct into the recommendation and appointment of Tshepo Kgadima as board chairman of PetroSA.

“When I asked her about this matter in Parliament on 21 November, she flatly denied any involvement in his appointment, stating that: ‘The appointment of a chairman was the responsibility of the board of PetroSA’s holding company, the Central Energy Fund (CEF)’,” DA Shadow Minister of Energy, Lance Greyling, wrote on the party’s website.

“She has therefore clearly misled Parliament and must be suspended in terms of the procedure to be followed during the investigation of allegations of misconduct and contempt of Parliament”.

Greyling stated that it was highly unlikely that Joemat-Pettersson had “applied her mind at all” into the appointment of Kgadima, who is accused of defrauding 250 investors out of an undisclosed amount between 2010 and 2012, for putting money into LonthoCoal and projects that never existed.

According to Business Day, Kgadima also claims to own mines in South Africa and Zimbabwe, the latter dismissed by an unnamed minister, who was quoted in 2011 as saying, “That guy (Kgadima) is a big criminal. He never invested anything here, nor does (he) own anything. Not even a latrine toilet.”.

“Minister Joemat-Pettersson recommended four people including Kgadima to serve on the board of PetroSA. In the same letter she recommended that Brenda Madumise retain her position as interim chairwoman of PetroSA,” Greyling wrote.

“Madumise was to remain in that position until such time that the Minister, in consultation with the CEF board had identified a potential candidate who could suitably perform the role of chairperson of the PetroSA board. This statement specifically confirms that the Minister had a role, in consultation with the CEF, and in fact had even assumed that role in identifying the person who would ultimately chair PetroSA”.

He also added that the DA intends to put a motion against Joemat-Pettersson during Parliament’s next sitting and that she must remove Kgadima with immediate effect “and face the sanctions meted out to her by Parliament”.

The minister has not yet reacted to the claims.

 

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