Only days after the FF Plus intervened about the appointment of the alleged fraudster, Tshepo Kgadima, as new chairperson of PetroSA, PetroSA has reversed the appointment to avoid any controversy, Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on energy says.
Adv. Alberts says it can be viewed as a victory for the FF Plus and newspapers such as the Business Day which had strongly opposed the appointment.
The FF Plus had undertaken to take the case to the Public Protector and would also have asked the PP to investigate Tina Joemat-Pettersson, the minister of energy, who had according to media reports recommended Kgadima for the position. She denied the allegation last week in Parliament.
Fraud charges amounting to millions of rand against Kgadima are apparently being investigated. He had allegedly while he was operating chief and president of LontohCoal, swindled hundreds of investors by selling shares in fictitious projects to them.
Adv. Alberts says the FF Plus will not be leaving the matter there and will still want to know from Joemat-Pettersson whether she had recommended Kgadima for one of the strategic most important positions in the country’s energy industry and why she had done it.
“Cadre-deployment at the expense of the economy has become a well-known pattern of the ANC’s top management by now. But to appoint a man, with a reputation as an international fraudster, as chairperson of a body such as PetroSA, is appalling. The FF Plus will see to it that answers are provided about the matter,” Adv. Alberts says.
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