Equal Education to Gigaba: Come clean on state capture or step down

Equal Education’s Tshepo Motsepe says that serious questions remain about Gigaba’s relationship to state capture and instability in state-owned enterprises.

FILE: Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Equal Education says Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba must “come clean” on his role in state capture or step down.

Gigaba is set to deliver his medium-term budget policy statement in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.

It will be his first major budget speech since he took over from Pravin Gordhan, who was fired by President Jacob Zuma in April.

Equal Education, a movement of learners, parents and teachers, says that Gigaba has to address lingering questions about the part he may have played in greasing the wheels for the looting of state coffers while in charge of the Public Enterprises and Home Affairs portfolios.

Equal Education’s Tshepo Motsepe says that serious questions remain about Gigaba’s relationship to state capture and instability in state-owned enterprises.

“Malusi Gigaba should come clean as to what his role has been and if he’s found to be compromised, for the sake of our children’s future and his own children’s future, he must step aside.”

He adds: "We continue to budget, not only in the time of inequality, but also in a time where there's high levels of corruption led by the corrupt elite."

Equal Education says the billions funnelled through a corrupt network to enrich connected individuals has wreaked havoc on the state’s finances, in a direct assault on the poor.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)