HOME AFFAIRS Minister Malusi Gigaba appeared before the Public Enterprises committee on state capture on Tuesday.
Gigaba started his testimony saying he would try to be as honest as
possible to account for his time as the Public Enterprises minister between 2010 and 2014.
“I take the allegations into state capture seriously,” said Gigaba as he began his written testimony.
The minister said that “it has been disheartening and shocking to note that some of the appointments that were made during his tenure and that were hailed at the time, have now become the subject of state capture allegations”.
In terms of board appointments at State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), Gigaba said that ” the department will recommend candidates to fill these positions”. It should note that names are sourced widely and eventually cabinet approves all board appointments.
It, therefore, should be said that the minister of public enterprises doesn’t have a role in procurement, according to Gigaba. The minister essentially is kept at arm’s length throughout the process.