Special Cabinet meeting underway

2016-11-01 16:00
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Cape Town - A “critical” two-day Cabinet meeting on state-owned enterprises began in Cape Town on Tuesday, government sources have said.

Several ministers who were due to appear in Parliament for various report-backs asked to be excused to return to the meeting.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi asked Scopa committee chairperson Themba Godi to be excused after his department’s presentation on Tuesday.

“I have come from another critical meeting of Cabinet. We had promised to come back to that particular meeting,” he said.

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi is also said to have excused herself. 

Several state-owned enterprises, including the SABC, SAA, and Eskom have come under scrutiny after some reported losses for the past financial year. 

The SABC’s board was unable to form a quorum after several members resigned due to the controversy over former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s reappointment to another senior management position.

President Jacob Zuma was criticised when Cabinet announced he would lead a presidential state-owned enterprises coordinating council. It was seen as an attempt to remove the oversight of these entities from Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Zuma said there was “nothing sinister” about the establishment of the council and such speculation was baseless and false.

The Sunday Times has reported that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Cabinet colleagues would not have been able to attend his court appearance on Wednesday. They would be in a meeting to discuss proposals to build more nuclear power plants.

Charges against Gordhan and his co-accused have since been withdrawn.

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