Keep Mosebenzi Zwane away, mining indaba delegates say

CAPE TOWN – Delegates attending the 2018 Mining Indaba want the South African government to send the clearest possible positive message to the industry by removing Mineral Mosebenzi Zwane as well as agreeing to reopen talks on mining policy, which is mired in controversy and court processes.

While is it highly that Zwane would be removed from his post by Monday, his presence at the showcase of African mining attended by investors from around the world would sent the wrong message, said some delegated.

Zwane is currently under investigation for his role in alleged corruption and questionable behaviour while in provincial and national government positions. He is likely to be one of the ministers who will be removed once President Jacob Zuma no longer holds office, as much as he has repeatedly protested his innocence.

“The clearest message this government can send is to not have Zwane at the indaba. It would tell us they are serious about corruption and digging this industry out of the mess it’s in,” said one of the delegates, who refused to be named.

“Zwane should obviously not open the indaba given all the corruption allegations surrounding him, not least in relation to the alleged R220 million misappropriation from the Gupta dairy project in the Free Stae,” said Peter Leon, a mining lawyer with Herbert Smith Freehills.

“Under the circumstances, it would be best if the indaba was opened by the well-liked deputy mines minister Godfrey Oliphant,” he added.

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