Kubayi: Joemat-Pettersson didn't deliberately mislead Parly over oil sale

Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi, together with officials from Central Energy Fund and Strategic Fuel Fund, appeared before Parliament's energy committee on Tuesday.

FILE: Former Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi says she believes her predecessor Tina Joemat-Pettersson didn't deliberately mislead Parliament over the selling of South Africa's oil reserves.

Kubayi together with officials from Central Energy Fund and Strategic Fuel Fund appeared before Parliament's energy committee on Tuesday.

They presented the findings of a probe into the R280 million sale of oil to three companies, which Joemat-Petterson previously claimed was merely a rotation of reserves.

Kubayi has told the energy committee she wants to give Joemat-Pettersson the “benefit of the doubt”.

“Every time she responded she definitely believed that it was a rotation.”

However, Members of Parliament responded harshly, questioning how such a large-scale deal could have remained hidden from the department as well as the boards of the Central Energy and Strategic Fuel Funds.

Kubayi has vowed that the 10 million barrels of oil reserves will remain in South African storage containers until the conclusion of a forensic investigation.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)