Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, has announced that he will address the report of the Commission of Inquiry into judicial review allegations of coup, after he was caught as one of several ANC members who unlawfully took advantage of Bosasa’s generosity.
On Tuesday evening, part three of Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s report, which was handed to President Cyril Ramaphosa, recommended that Mantashe be investigated for corruption after receiving free security installations from facilities management company Bosasa.
The report reads: “…under the circumstances, there is a reasonable prospect that further investigations will uncover a prima facie case against Mantashe related to the crime of corruption.
“There are reasonable grounds to suspect that Mantashe accepted or consented to gratification.”
However, Mantashe said the commission should be held accountable when it commits “tactical errors”.
“You can’t have a lawsuit that makes assumptions. That needs to be reconsidered, because it builds the case on assumptions, not facts,” Mantashe said.
‘I’ll take it for assessment. That’s the decision I made.
“This committee has made many assumptions that are not based on facts or interviews. We took our time and went to the Commission, but the Commission does not make decisions in the interest of the evidence provided, in fact it discredits the evidence.”
He said he made this decision because: “I presented myself to the commission in good faith, confident that the commission was a necessary process for the party and the country in tackling corruption”.
Mantashe testified on March 19, 2021 regarding Bosasa and also made two affidavits dated March 8, 2019 and June 18, 2019 – both related to Bosasa.
The chairman of the state commission found in his latest report that Mantashe, along with others, benefited from the company in the form of security upgrades to both its properties in Gauteng and in the Eastern Cape.
Mantashe admitted that security upgrades had been installed on his properties, but disputed that there was anything unpleasant about the installations, which had been arranged between his security adviser and Bosasa director Papa Lehabane.
He also claimed that it was not done as a way of soliciting favors from him, and disputed that he was in a position to influence an office holder in such a position.