Cabinet members' business interests: ministers respond

2014-08-03 15:00

After last week’s exposé by City Press, some state officials took the time to respond.

Edna Molewa

Minister of water and environmental affairs

Last week City Press revealed that 19 members of Cabinet were still registered as directors of companies by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission.

The story stated that I was still registered as a director at Saccawu Investment holdings. Saccawu Investment Holdings was placed under liquidation in 2003. Furthermore, the position was not for remuneration (which Saccawu could attest to, had your journalist called them).

The resignations of all office bearers, including myself, were duly submitted to the companies’ register. I did unpaid work for an entity that no longer exists. In fact, it was defunct long before I was even appointed to this Cabinet.

»?Molewa’s office failed to respond to questions from City Press before publication last week

For the record: SA Revenue Service (Sars)

City Press reported that Bheki Cele’s business partner, Lawrence Mazibuko, was a director of a security company called KZN Security Services, registered in 2005, which manages security for a number of government clients, including the provincial legislature, Sars and the eThekwini municipality, where it has a contract that paid it R4.4?million last month.

The Sars contract was, however, terminated in 2011.

“The company in question was awarded tender RFT53/2007 for the provision of security and temporary guarding services following due tender process. The company in question was appointed on 01/11/2008 and the contract duration was 36 months.

“Contractually, Sars is not at liberty to disclose further informationas service-level agreements between Sars and service providers contain nondisclosure provisions,” said Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay.

Lindiwe Zulu

Minister for small business development

Cornelius Monama, spokesperson for the department of small business development, says Zulu is no longer involved with McCann Worldgroup SA.

» Zulu did not respond to questions before City Press went to print last week

Susan Shabangu

Minister of women in the presidency

Shabangu is a director of Koketso Modiba Foundation for Girls Education and Development. According to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, it is a private company and not a section 21 foundation.

»?Shabangu failed to respond to questions before City Press went to print last week

Nhlanhla Nene

Minister of finance

Nene is a director of the Public Investment Corporation, which is a public company wholly owned by the state.

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