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#StateCaptureInquiry: Zuma on the ANC Deployment Committee responsible for appointing people at SOE’s

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Former president Jacob Zuma at the state capture inquiry where he is giving evidence Photo: SANDILE NDLOVU

Former president Jacob Zuma appeared for the third day at the Zondo Commission on Wednesday.

Explaining the role of the African National Congress (ANC) deployment committee, Zuma told the Zondo Commission that the ANC had the committee to appoint certain individuals at state-owned entities (SOEs).

Zuma was responding to former Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan’s claim of deployments at SOEs.

Chief Justice Raymond Zondo asked if this committee, which was established in 1994 to help with appointments in the public sector, had a list of people with their qualifications and experiences or if the committee recommended people that they knew.

Zuma responded and said: “They don’t necessarily keep a list. I think it happens that the ANC knows its people and it knows some of their capacity and with some, it may not know. So, when that situation arises, they would then look at those on the list to see what type of person is wanted to assist the process.”

Last year, Hogan gave testimony at the commission claiming that certain structures of the ANC saw themselves as having powers to make appointments in state-owned enterprises during Zuma’s tenure. 

During her testimony, Hogan suggested that the former president used executives with questionable backgrounds in state-owned companies and on its boards. 

The former president disputed these claims, saying that the committee was used by ministers for recommendations for deployments.

“It helped the government make candidates available and also to look at specific people.”

When asked by evidence leader Paul Pretorius who also sat on this committee, if the deployment committee involved itself with the appointment of board members of SOEs and government departments, Zuma said at times, it did.

“At times, they might recommend if they know some people who have experience.”

 

Watch the Commission below:

 

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