ANC MP breaks ranks over Myeni

She in­sisted SAA boss con­tinue with fi­nan­cials brief­ing

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

DI­VI­SIONS in the ANC spilled over into Par­lia­ment after one of its MPs dif­fered with her party col­leagues on a po­si­tion to block SAA chair­per­son Dudu Myeni from brief­ing the fi­nance com­mit­tee on the fi­nan­cials of the na­tional car­rier.

Peace Mabe, who was ap­pointed to the stand­ing com­mit­tee re­cently, broke ranks with her ANC col­leagues yes­ter­day and called on Myeni to go ahead with the brief­ing to MPs.

This was in spite of the tough stance taken by three ANC MPs on the fi­nance com­mit­tee to not al­low Myeni to make a pre­sen­ta­tion be­cause all the SAA board mem­bers were not present.

The board had boy­cotted the meet­ing with MPs, raising ques­tions on whether to con­tinue with the meet­ing.

But ANC MPs Pinky Kekana, Dikeledi Mahlangu and Thandi Tobias-Pokolo stood their ground, order­ing Myeni to go back.

They said she should come back only when the rest of the board were present.

But Mabe, who pre­vi­ously chaired the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on public ser­vice and ad­min­is­tra­tion, was in­sis­tent that Myeni should con­tinue.

“I feel if the chair­per­son, who is the cap­tain, is here the meet­ing should con­tinue,” Mabe pointed out.

But Tobias-Pokolo dis­agreed, and said the meet­ing should be called off and that Myeni not be al­lowed to ad­dress the com­mit­tee.

“There are se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions and chal­lenges at SAA and for the first time the board is not here.

“I for­give hon­ourable Peace Mabe, be­cause she has no clue what is hap­pen­ing here.

“When we want to en­gage, we want to en­gage mem­bers of the board and not an in­di­vid­ual,” said Tobias-Pokolo.

“I for­give Peace, we will brief her. As the ANC cau­cus we are not go­ing to en­ter­tain any is­sue with­out the board.”

Mahlangu backed her col­league, say­ing Mabe was not on the same wave­length as the other cau­cus mem­bers.

“I un­der­stand where Peace Mabe is com­ing from. (But) I don’t want us to ex­pose the chair (Myeni).

“For us to come here was not easy, Mabe. Let us re­lease the chair­per­son to get her house in or­der,” said Mahlangu.

Kekana said the is­sue was about com­pli­ance by SAA and that was why they wanted the board to be present be­fore them when she de­liv­ers her pre­sen­ta­tion.

She said Myeni could not do this alone, and they wanted the board mem­bers of SAA (to ac­com­pany her).

Myeni was ac­cused by fel­low board mem­bers of miss­ing eight board meet­ings. But Myeni de­nied it. She told MPs yes­ter­day that she had at­tended all the sched­uled meet­ings of the board.

Op­po­si­tion MPs said the ab­sence of the board was an in­di­ca­tion of a boy­cott against Myeni.

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