Finance Minister Gigaba has been accused by a number of government officials of handling the treasury like his personal property. The senior official
The senior government officials accused the minister of bypassing experienced bureaucrats when making key decisions said he has captured the finance department.
The senior Treasury officials and two other top government bureaucrats who work closely with the finance ministry said Minister Gigaba has captured the National Treasury and has usurped the power of his director-general (DG), Dondo Mogajane while establishing a parallel administration run by close aides in his office.
The officials raised the alarm after comparing his method of appointments with that of his predecessors. They said he is sitting on a decision by Mogajane to appoint a company that would conduct a forensic audit into Eskom’s coal contracts with Gupta-owned company Tegeta Exploration and Resources.
The unnamed officials who expressed what he thinks is happening at the Treasury accused the minister of not just bypassing experienced bureaucrats and Memoranda, but that he also bypasses his DG when key documents, which should be seen by Mogajane before going to the minister, are apparently first sent to Gigaba’s chief of staff, Saki Mofokeng, legal advisor Kholeka Gcaleka and political advisor Thamsanqa Msomi for their perusal and input.
“They’re running an administration that is parallel to the DG’s office. Matters which should be handled by the DG go to them,” one official was quoted as saying
“Things are at a point where nothing goes to the minister if it is not first seen by one or two of the nearly 20 people Malusi brought with him,” the official told City Press newspaper. “It is also about putting a dead stop to the work Treasury has been doing to hold other parts of government – state-owned companies and departments – accountable for using public resources.” Another government official who works closely with Treasury confirmed and saying that there are indeed parallel structures.
Gigaba has been accused to have brought in nearly 20 staff members who have set up a parallel administration in his office while another official said the nuclear power procurement deal – estimated at R1 trillion – the R57 billion Moloto rail development corridor and the Mzimvubu water project were examples of programmes being funded in spite of negative feasibility studies.
However, the minister’s spokesperson, Mayihlome Tshwete, said the minister had brought 17 staff with him to Treasury out of which 5 are from his predecessor’s team. He also said that all appointments Minister Gigaba made were in accordance with the Ministerial Handbook.
“The ministry’s staff report to the minister, and Treasury staff report to the DG. This is how all departments function and this is how the minister’s predecessors function,” he said, denying claims that Minister Gigaba does not consult his DDGs.
“This is a baseless fabrication. The minister is constantly in meetings with the DG and DDGs. There is no Treasury meeting that the minister attends without inviting his DG and related DDGs.” Mayihlome said.