Gordhan given one week to answer Parly’s questions amid SAA bidder allegations

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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has been given a week to submit responses to Members of Parliament’s questions before they can start deliberating on the way forward.

This is regarding the allegations by former Director General Kgathatso Tlhakudi that Gordhan had improperly influenced the selection of Takatso Consortium as the winning bidder for the majority stake in South African Airways.

Last week, Gordhan appeared before the committee in order to provide additional answers. Unfortunately, he was unable to address all of the questions, but he committed to responding in writing.

The committee was due to deliberate on the matter but committee chairperson Khaya Xaba says this will no longer happen.

“We expect the minister to send those documents. We have formerly written to the minister to provide us with those necessary documents he himself committed to send to the committee. After that perhaps we will be in a position to make our determination. We want his process to be fast-tracked because it is a bit behind schedule.. We hope that by next week we will be in a position to do so.”