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Tshepo Kgadima dropped as PetroSA chair

Minister Tina Joemat Pettersson was strongly criticised for recommending his appointment.

Former PetroSA Chairperson Tshepo Kgadima. Picture: LinkedIn.

JOHANNESBURG - The appointment of Tshepo Kgadima as chairperson of PetroSA has been withdrawn, the Central Energy Fund confirmed to Eyewitness News on Thursday.

Energy Minister Tina Joemat Pettersson was strongly criticised for recommending his appointment after it emerged Kgadima had claimed to control assets he didn't own.

The minister's spokesperson Zodwa Visser confirmed that Kgadima is no longer PetroSA chair.

"The minister just received a briefing, following the first board meeting. The board took a decision today to withdraw the appointment of the chairperson of PetroSA."

Visser says she can't answer questions about why this decision has been made.

Former ambassador to Britain Zola Skweyiya accused Kgadima of making off with his pension after he claimed his coal company controlled several mines.

Kgadima was appointed, despite Joemat-Pettersson knowing that he stood accused of serious fraud allegations.