“Gupta-linked” Ministers May be Fired

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The “rainbow nation” was seen by many – including a lot of its own citizens – to be exceptional, having more in common with the developed states of Europe than some of the countries on its own doorstep.
The “rainbow nation” was seen by many – including a lot of its own citizens – to be exceptional, having more in common with the developed states of Europe than some of the countries on its own doorstep. (Photo Credit: www.shutterstock.com)

President Cyril Ramaphosa has put current Cabinet ministers on notice during his state of the nation address (Sona) on Friday night, saying: “Growth, development and transformation depend on a strong and capable state.

The Alliance partners who Ramaphosa is intent on mending fences with have already made it clear that certain ministers must get the boot, according to a City Press report.

The newspaper listed the following ministers who might get the chop:

  • Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane,
  • Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini,
  • Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and Cooperative Governance, and
  • Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen

SA Communist Party first deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila told City Press that  Ramaphosa should not hesitate in axing “Gupta-linked” ministers.

“For us, the real issue is that the ministers who were involved in corporate capture of the state shouldn’t return to this Cabinet, otherwise they will contaminate it. Those mentioned in the Gupta emails, which have proven the network of cooperation between senior government officials and state officials with corporate capturers of the state, it will be sad if they are returned. It is important that in this area there is clear decisiveness.”

During Sona, Ramaphosa said government will initiate a process to review the configuration, number and size of national government departments.

“”It is critical that the structure and size of the state is optimally suited to meet the needs of the people and ensure the most efficient allocation of public resources.

Government will take further measures to ensure that all state owned companies fulfil their economic and developmental mandates.

“We will need to confront the reality that the challenges at some of our SOEs are structural – that they do not have a sufficient revenue stream to fund their operational costs,” said Ramaphosa.

“These SOEs cannot borrow their way out of their financial difficulties, and we will therefore undertake a process of consultation with all stakeholders to review the funding model of SOEs and other measures.

“We will change the way that boards are appointed so that only people with expertise, experience and integrity serve in these vital positions.”

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