S Africa: deputy economic development minister resigns over pension fund questions

Mail and Guardian

Enoch Godongwana, deputy minister of economic development, quit his post this week in the face of growing outrage in government circles about his involvement in a company that allegedly defrauded clothing factory workers of R100-million of their pension fund money, the Mail & Guardianhas been reliably informed.

Enoch Godongwana




Senior government officials said the situation had become untenable and there was “a lot of talk” about whether Godongwana, if he had not resigned, would have survived the next Cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma, which, rumour has it, will take place in March.

“The pension fund scandal was massive. Government, other stakeholders and the business community were outraged by what had happened and they wanted Godongwana to step down to let the law take its course,” said an official close to the events.

With the scandal tarnishing the reputation of the department of economic development, Godongwana is said to have asked Zuma in December if he could resign.

Yet the M&G has learned that the first time his departmental colleagues realised Godongwana would be quitting his post was last Sunday, when Zuma’s spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, announced that the deputy minister had resigned to “pursue personal interests”.  Read more…

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