Minister’s lack of experience in mining field a worry - DA


The Democratic Alliance (DA) has expressed doubt that the appointment of former Free State MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mosebenzi Zwane, as the new Minister for Mineral Resources, would have a significant impact on the country’s sagging mine industry.

Zwane was appointed to the position yesterday evening after former Minister, Ngoako Ramatlhodi, was announced as the new Minister for Public Services and Administration in place of Collins Chabane, who died in a car crash in Limpopo six months.

In a statement, DA Shadow Minister of Mineral Resources, James Lorimer, said Zwane has proved to be a “mediocre MEC” having missed a number of portfolio sittings, and being involved in a failed dairy project, which also included the controversial government connected Gupta family.

“The Gupta family is involved in coal and uranium mining and have attracted allegations that their companies have flouted regulations. Zwane’s appointment will throw a spotlight on his relationship with them,” Lorimer said.

He added that the reshuffle comes shortly before the start of a stakeholder engagement session to help get mining back on track, and that it remains to be seen whether Zwane could deliver compared to someone with experience in the industry.

“Zwane does not appear to have any track record of involvement in the mining industry. What he does have is a record of following the orders of Free State premier Ace Magashule, himself a key political ally of President Jacob Zuma,” Lorimer said.

“The already depressed mining sector needs a mining minister with more experience than Zwane is offering and fewer ties to the controversial Guptas”.


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