THE Democratic Alliance (DA) announced on Wednesday that it has laid a formal complaint to the Public Service Commission to investigate each and every one of the appointments contained in the ANC’s cadre deployment committee minutes.
The party’s complaint is based on ANC cadre minutes for May-Nov 2018, which reveal how the ANC reserved SOE board seats for the deployment committee and used a separate CV database to give cadres an inside track to appointment.
Addressing a media briefing on Wednesday, DA’s Dr Leon Schreiber said the minutes, now in possession of the party, confirms that state capture continues unabated, through cadre deployment, under the administration of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The Zondo Commission is also in possession of the same minutes of the ANC Cadre Deployment.
Schreiber said during the Ramaphosa presidency from May 2018 to May 2021, the committee intervened in appointment processes at 88 different state institutions, including courts, chapter 9 institutions, state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and government departments.
He added that during this three-year period, the committee summoned 29 ministers and deputy ministers as well as Ramaphosa himself to direct the appointment of ANC cadres to key positions.
“In cases where the PSC confirms any illegality, the DA will insist that those appointment processes are rerun and that, this time, skilled applicants are not excluded simply because they are not cadre of the corrupt ANC,” said Schreiber.
“This is not the only step the DA is pursuing. We have forwarded all evidence to the PSC to investigate illegality and overturn those appointments,” said Schreiber.
“The Zondo Commission is in possession of the same minutes. Their findings will actually strengthen our case against cadre deployment will. This is just the beginning.”
Scriber said the complaint also forms the basis for a request by the DA’s deputy chief whip, Siviwe Gwarube, to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, for an urgent debate of national importance on the devastating effects of cadre deployment on the public service and the fight against corruption.
The DA’s End Cadre Deployment Bill has also been formally tabled in Parliament.
- Inside Politics