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ID: Statement by Lance Greyling, Independent Democrats spokesperson, calling for the Public Protector to table “Chancellor House Report” in Parliament (02/02/2010)

2nd March 2010

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Lance Greyling, the ID spokesperson for energy affairs, has written to the Public Protector, Thulisile Madonsela, requesting that she table Report No 30 of 2008/2009 in Parliament.

Report No 30 is titled, ‘Investigation into allegations of improper conduct by the former Chairperson of the Board of Directors [of Eskom] Mr V Moosa relating to the awarding of a contract' [the Report and its recommendations can be found at http://www.publicprotector.org/library/investigation_report/Moosa%20Report.pdf].

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Greyling's request comes after Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan confirmed [below] to the ID that Chancellor House remains the 25% BEE partner of Hitachi in the construction of the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations.

‘Contrary to what most in the ANC might think, the ID believes it is morally wrong for the ruling party to benefit financially from fixing an energy disaster it created through the gross incompetence of some of its own leaders,' Mr Greyling says.

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‘It is wrong that the ANC is benefitting financially from the around 25% increase in the price of electricity each year for three consecutive years.

‘Ordinary South Africans already have the option of joining the ANC, or funding its extravagant election campaigns, without having to cough up every time they switch on the lights,' says Greyling.

‘It is morally reprehensible that ANC Treasurer-General Mathews Phosa has gone back on his word that Chancellor House would divest its shares in Hitachi and that other cadres like Gwede Mantashe do not think Chancellor House's more than R5 billion share is a big deal.

‘It is with dismay that we remember that Chancellor House was the name of the building that housed the Mandela and Tambo law firm. Indeed, by straying from the higher set of ethics espoused by Nelson Mandela, the ANC and the Government have made a mockery of his legacy,' Greyling says.

‘We are now taking forward our campaign to root out conflicts of interest in Government, specifically those relating to the ANC and its leaders benefitting from Government tenders. The ID now wants this report to be tabled in Parliament so that we can scrutinize it and act on its recommendations.'

 

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