Matjila’s exit ‘doesn’t close af­fair’ – DA

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NATION - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI [email protected]

THE DA says it hopes the in­quiry into the Pub­lic In­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion will shed light on the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the res­ig­na­tion of the chief ex­ec­u­tive, DrDaniel Matjila.

The party said yes­ter­day that de­spite Matjila re­sign­ing with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, it was con­cerned no de­tails had been made pub­lic.

DA spokesper­son on finance David Maynier said it noted that the PIC board had ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion.

“How­ever, this can­not be the end of the mat­ter. It is im­per­a­tive that the board makes all the facts sur­round­ing his res­ig­na­tion pub­lic,” he said.

ANC spokesper­son Pule Mabe could not be reached for com­ment.

United Demo­cratic Move­ment leader Bantu Holomisa said it had taken note of Matjila’s res­ig­na­tion.

He said Matjila should be called to ac­count for what had hap­pened at the PIC. Holomisa said Matjila would be the main per­son in the forth­com­ing in­quiry into the PIC.

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa set up the in­quiry a few months ago and it will be­gin its work next month.

Holomisa said the for­mer PIC chief ex­ec­u­tive must ap­pear be­fore the in­quiry to give ev­i­dence.

Mkhuleko Hlengwa of the IFP said it was not sur­prised by the lat­est de­vel­op­ments.

He said Matjila, Deputy Min­is­ter of Finance Mondli Gun­gubele and the PIC board ap­peared be­fore the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Ac­counts (Scopa) last week and want an­swers on many of the things at the cor­po­ra­tion.

Hlengwa said he would write to Scopa chair­per­son Themba Godi for Matjila to ap­pear be­fore it.

Steve Swart of the African Chris­tian Demo­cratic Party said it wel­comed the res­ig­na­tion of Matjila, but there were lots of ques­tions to be an­swered on some of the de­ci­sions taken by the PIC.

He said he hoped the in­quiry would clar­ify a lot of is­sues.

The PIC is not the only govern­ment en­tity fac­ing a probe.

The South African Rev­enue Ser­vice is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by re­tired Judge Robert Nu­gent’s com­mis­sion, which rec­om­mended to Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa in its in­terim re­port that for­mer Sars boss Tom Moy­ane be fired.

Ramaphosa fired Moy­ane, who is con­test­ing it in court.

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