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Deputy Minister Enoch Godongwana quits

2012-01-15 23:03

Johannesburg - The deputy minister of economic development, Enoch Godongwana, has resigned from his position in order to pursue personal interests, the presidency said on Sunday.

Spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Godongwana's last day would be on Monday.

"The President has accepted the resignation and thanked the deputy minister for his dedicated service and duty to his portfolio and to the national executive in general," he said in a statement.

Godongwana is a member of the ANC's economic transformation committee.

He was previously the deputy minister of public enterprises and had served as a member of the provincial legislature in the Eastern Cape.

President Jacob Zuma said Godongwana's work experience and expertise would not be entirely lost to the public but would be used elsewhere in pursuing the goal of a meaningful economic transformation.

Comments
  • jack.oosthuysen - 2012-01-15 23:48

    "Pursue personal interests"? One can not help but to guess that perhaps a nice tender was obtained which outweighs any compensation receivable from an office job.

      ubhejane - 2012-01-16 00:22

      Absolutely. But look on the bright side of things. He has to pay his own luxury hotel stays now. So whatever he gains from the tender at our expense, we will make up some of it not having to book him in at all the Hiltons.

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-16 00:23

    Transformation?????? What transformation? Nothing has changed, they, the government must first transform themselves. What personal interests? the gravy train has run dry or what?

      Max - 2012-01-16 05:51

      Charmaine, transformation means trying to create more wealth in the economy by dividing the existing wealth. The government is fully transformed that is why every aspect of governance in the country is on a downhill slope. Personal interests combined with Zumas statement that his skills will not be lost to the public means that he awarded a lucrative tender to one or other BEE company and he was awarded with a nice job in the company from where he can further screw over the public through the contract...You asked.

  • pws69 - 2012-01-16 06:39

    THis is why he resigned, in all probability to avoid prosecution. For those who don't know, when fraud or corruption is found within the ANC government, if the person resigns then they just drop the charges and investigation, and the person is redeployed a few months later. The ANC government supports theft and corruption. http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Cosatu-shocked-by-R100m-pensions-loss-20110607 http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Politics/MP-denies-not-declaring-interests-20111005

  • Robi - 2012-01-16 07:53

    "President Jacob Zuma said Godongwana's work experience and expertise would not be entirely lost to the public but would be used elsewhere in pursuing the goal of a meaningful economic transformation" It seems as he was advised to resign to be used somewhere. This indicates how corruption is destroying the system. There is job reservation somewhere or a tender waiting for him. What the president said send clearly a wrong message to the entire public.

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-16 09:31

    Is wondering what the golden handshake will be....pursuing personal interest, I smell tenders.

  • Hulisani - 2012-01-16 11:29

    Goo citizens, remember he is the Minister who sqwandered pension fund (allegedly over R100 million) monies of a Cape Town based taxtile workers. All those poor people who worked there for over 30 years were left with nothing to provide for their children.No one said anything from the government side.

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