‘I DIDN’T MISLEAD PARLIAMENT’
CAPE TOWN — Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des van Rooyen stuck to his guns after Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane found that he had misled Parliament about his meetings with the Guptas.
In a statement released yesterday, Van Rooyen said he has noted with concern media reports alleging that he had misled Parliament. “It is concerning that I heard this rumour of a report through the media ... and [it] was never forwarded to me or being alerted of it, even I am cited in it, (sic)” Van Rooyen said.
DA MP Kevin Mileham filed a complaint with the Public Protector, alleging that he had misled Parliament. In a Parliamentary question in 2016, DA chief whip John Steenhuisen asked Van Rooyen whether he had ever met with the Guptas. He responded: “The minister and his deputy ministers have never met with members, employees and/or close associates of the Gupta family in their official capacities.”
Van Rooyen’s statement reads: “Minister Van Rooyen has never disputed that he met anyone associated with the Gupta family outside of his portfolio. As a treasurer general of the Mkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA), part of his responsibilities is to engage the business community to enlist their support into various programmes they are undertaking.
“It is in that capacity that I have met the members of the Gupta family,” Van Rooyen said.
“The minister responded to the questions by the public protector, emphasising the distinction between his capacity as the minister and as a treasurergeneral of the MKMVA.” — News24.