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mosebenzizwaneBusinessLive reports that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane is facing a rebellion from officials within his department, amid allegations that a far-reaching redeployment of regional managers is politically motivated.  

Zwane has been implicated in allegations of state capture and has yet to answer to allegations that he gave the controversial Gupta family preferential treatment in mining licences.  He is also in the middle of a legal battle with the mining sector over his controversial new mining charter.  Internally, accusations have been levelled against him by his own regional managers who have approached the labour court to set aside a decision by the minister and his director general to shift them to other posts in the country, allegedly to ensure that mining rights were dispersed to politically connected individuals.  The regional managers allege that the reshuffle was done without consultation or a clear public interest justification, as required by law.  An interim interdict granted to the regional managers by the labour court in April, blocking the far-reaching reshuffle, is still pending.  Sources in various unions and in the department allege that there is an "atmosphere of fear and intimidation" in the department.

  • Read this report by Natasha Marrian in full at BusinessLive


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