The Portfolio Committee of Mineral Resources has receive the apology of Minister Msebenzi Zwane and has thus forgiven him after listening to his response to state capture allegations.
The committee had an engagement with Minister Zwane on the 18th of October 2017 where an agreement was reached to allow him to stipulate his availability to answer further questions. Minister Zwane therefore committed to appear before the Committee on the 28 November.
“Having accepted his apology, the Committee will give the Minister a new date of 24 January 2018 to come and answer further questions. We remain committed to get to the bottom of the state capture allegations involving the Minister,” said Mr Sahlulele Luzipo, Chairperson of the Committee.
The Committee has also received a presentation by Mr Godfrey Oliphant, the Deputy Minister of the Department of Mineral Resources, on the government’s role in the class action case brought by 30 000 former mine workers against 87 gold mines.
“Although we appreciate the complexity of the case, we encourage all the stakeholders to work together in bringing about finality in the matter. We expect a progress report in March next year from the Deputy Minister in relation to the national compensation trust and how all the parties have resolved to work together,” said Mr Luzipo.