DA wants to see Gi­gaba given the boot

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - SAKHILE NDLAZI

DA LEADER Mmusi Maimane yes­ter­day ac­cused Fi­nance Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba of be­ing part of a delin­quent syn­di­cate – which made him un­fit and un­suit­able to head the nation’s Trea­sury and fis­cus.

He was ad­dress­ing sup­port­ers, who had gath­ered out­side the Na­tional Trea­sury in Pre­to­ria. “We as the of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion party call for Mr Malusi Gi­gaba to an­nounce (his) res­ig­na­tion, ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately,” he said.

Maimane and the DA sup­port­ers had gath­ered out­side the Trea­sury for his party’s “cap­ture of the crit­i­cal state in­sti­tu­tion” protest. They handed Trea­sury a mem­o­ran­dum call­ing for Gi­gaba’s res­ig­na­tion.

Maimane said it was time for the nation to take back its power from a govern­ment and do away with “cronies”.

He said that mount­ing ev­i­dence showed Gi­gaba was com­pro­mised. Gi­gaba was in­volved in ap­point­ing in­di­vid­u­als who had been shown to be closely linked to the Gupta fam­ily, such as Brian Molefe, Ben Ngubane and Nazia Car­rim, to the boards of Eskom, Denel, Prasa and Transnet, the DA leader added.

“He al­lowed Gupta-owned com­pa­nies to con­trol Sta­te­Owned En­ter­prises and se­cure a myr­iad lu­cra­tive deals, en­sur­ing the Gup­tas and (Pres­i­dent Jacob) Zuma become rich,” he said.

Maimane said Gi­gaba, as min­is­ter of home af­fairs from 2014 to 2017, rolled out the red car­pet for the Gup­tas to eas­ily gain cit­i­zen­ship, and dur­ing his three months as fi­nance min­is­ter the econ­omy had gone into melt­down.

“We have en­tered a re­ces­sion af­ter neg­a­tive growth. We have been down­graded to “junk sta­tus” and the un­em­ploy­ment rate reached a record 14-year high of 27.7%,” he said.

Tsh­wane mayor Solly Msi­manga said at­tract­ing in­vest­ment had proven dif­fi­cult with the cur­rent pol­icy un­cer­tainty.

“We are try­ing to at­tract in­vestors into Tsh­wane but are find­ing it very dif­fi­cult with so much un­cer­tainty.” Msi­manga added that he was try­ing to make sure that the people of Tsh­wane got jobs.

He said the dis­course grip­ping the gov­ern­ing ANC on whether South Africa was un­der the spell of “white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal” or “mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal” was a sideshow.

“Make up your minds, we need to move for­ward,” he said.

PIC­TURE: OUPA MOKOENA

END OF LINE: DA leader Mmusi Maimane and his sup­port­ers gath­ered out­side the Trea­sury to hand over a mem­o­ran­dum call­ing for Fi­nance Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba’s res­ig­na­tion.

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