Pityana wants Khoza to lead

CityPress - - Business - LE­SETJA MA­LOPE le­setja.ma­lope@city­press.co.za

Save SA leader and An­gloGold Ashanti chair­per­son Sipho Pityana has pub­licly en­dorsed ANC MP Makhosi Khoza to be the coun­try’s next pres­i­dent.

In ad­di­tion, he has dis­tanced him­self from the Black Busi­ness Coun­cil (BBC) be­cause of its tainted leader.

Ad­dress­ing a Gor­don In­sti­tute of Busi­ness Science event in Johannesburg this week, Pityana said he was an ad­vo­cate of women em­pow­er­ment and was in favour of a women pres­i­dent for the coun­try, but not the one cur­rently con­tend­ing.

“I sup­port the po­si­tion that it’s time to have a women pres­i­dent. I am a big cham­pion of gen­der equal­ity,” he said.

“But my can­di­date is some­body else. My can­di­date is a young, woman par­lia­men­tar­ian,” he said, be­fore men­tion­ing Khoza as his favourite be­cause she was, in his view, brave and pre­pared to risk her liveli­hood and life to pre­serve the val­ues of the party that she joined.

Khoza is the only MP who openly de­fied the govern­ing party’s direc­tive by say­ing she would vote with her con­science, rather than along party lines – a move that led to her re­ceiv­ing a num­ber of threats.

Dur­ing the event, Pityana, who was part of a panel that in­cluded Ned­bank CEO Mike Brown and for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Trevor Manuel, did not hold back on his views about Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Pityana also didn’t spare the BBC lead­er­ship and said black busi­ness in the coun­try did not have a ho­moge­nous en­tity.

“I have dis­com­fort, for in­stance, with be­ing as­so­ci­ated with the BBC, which is led by some­one I know who has no ethics and no moral stand­ing. I get sick to the stom­ach,” he said.

The pres­i­dent of the BBC is Danisa Baloyi.

Pityana, who is also chair­per­son of An­gloGold Ashanti, which re­cently an­nounced the re­trench­ment of 8 500 em­ploy­ees at two of its mines, said the voice of busi­ness was im­por­tant.

“I am a busi­ness per­son, I oc­cupy this space, I have no apartheid bag­gage and I refuse to lose my voice be­cause of a role that busi­ness may have played in apartheid.

“As a cor­po­rate cit­i­zen in this coun­try, I will in­sist on my right to say that, even though I am com­mit­ted to the trans­for­ma­tion of the min­ing in­dus­try, I do not be­lieve what the min­is­ter of min­eral re­sources is propos­ing is de­sir­able for this coun­try and for the min­ing in­dus­try.

“Don’t ques­tion my cre­den­tials and say, ‘you are a busi­ness per­son, so I ex­pect you to say so’ – tell me why I am wrong,” he said.

Baloyi, who was pre­vi­ously en­tan­gled in the scan­dalous Fi­den­tia saga, de­clined to com­ment.

Sipho Pityana

Makhosi Khoza

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