Molewa intervened in Shanduka row - report

2012-11-09 10:00

Johannesburg - Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa allegedly intervened to prevent action against mining companies linked to businessman Cyril Ramaphosa over water licences, it was reported on Friday.

More than five companies owned or partly owned by Ramaphosa's Shanduka Group were listed by the department as having operated without water licences, the Mail&Guardian reported.

Two senior departmental officials had confirmed to the M&G that the department had taken Shanduka to court.

Molewa's intervention reportedly ensured an out-of-court settlement.

"She instructed officials in the department to find a way of settling out of court," an unnamed government official told the newspaper.

Molewa reportedly said: "I never knew that Cyril had something to do with those companies until the deputy minister [Rejoice Mabudafhasi] in the department issued instructions that they [Shanduka companies] must stop operation," said Molewa.

Nigel Adams, director of compliance, monitoring and enforcement in the department, confirmed that it went to court to stop Shanduka from operating, but denied intervention by Molewa.

Shanduka Coal's chief operating officer Zirk van der Bank said it had been applying for licences since 2006, but there was a backlog.

The company had planned an urgent application against the department for failing to issue licences on time when the settlement was reached.

Licences were subsequently issued.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-11-09 10:11

    "Shanduka Coal's chief operating officer Zirk van der Bank said it had been applying for licences since 2006, but there was a backlog"............yeah and the postal service are not what they used to be either. Bloody hell!!! When they open thier mouths they lie.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-09 10:12

      I am so agitated my spelling is drowned by the acid water.......BAAAAAAA

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-09 10:20

    Well you cannot have the almighty commie chinese investing in a company that does not respect the rule of law now can you,so a phone call or 2 to the minister and all is solved.

  • piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-09 10:26

    Tell us something new please, Im getting depressed reading about how corrupt ANC is, I got the picture you can stop now......*sad again*

  • mavivi.ntshongwana - 2012-11-09 10:50

    Who cares bloody ANC

  • mavivi.ntshongwana - 2012-11-09 10:53

    Not surprised at all bloody ANC and corrupt Ministers.

  • jabulani.mokomane - 2012-11-09 10:53

    Banana Republic!!!

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-11-09 11:09

    Anarchy Nepotism Corruption - business as usual on the gravy train.

  • Phindile Manganyi - 2012-11-09 11:34

    yeah right

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-09 11:46

    Comrades protect each other. Because in the end all they have is each other.

      linda.horsfield.77 - 2012-11-09 11:51

      @jacqui.daanevrensburg. Are you insane? All they have is each other? What about the billions of rands of the publics money that they have stolen?

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-11-09 11:57

    the way to go , corp orates give a few shares to ANC cares , then you have a licence to pollute all the poor dumb voters SA, water . Don't worry they dumb enough they will vote for you again for ever, even if they and their children die of thirst.

  • msophiasharp - 2012-11-09 12:06

    Another moer of a cover up - protecting each others' backsides, so to speak.....

  • pierre.walt - 2012-11-09 13:52

    Another ANC boetie, boetie scheme.

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