When South Africans protested against Jacob Zuma’s replacement of Nene with Van Rooyen as the nation’s Minister of Finance, Zuma remarked that Des van Rooyen is the ‘most qualified’ candidate to head the finance portfolio.
Now, it’s been exposed that Zuma’s ‘most qualified’ Minister can’t even write his academic assignments.
Report culled from BusinessDay related that the present Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs used Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) staff for his academic work.
As learnt, the allegation was made by a former PBO staff member while the former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was investigating the state capture issue.
Excerpt from the document presented to Madonsela read: “In 2014 and 2015 two of my colleagues … assisted Des van Rooyen with academic assignments. Both told me this in person and I have recently testified to this under oath.”
Also, the allegation is part of evidence at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), where the staff member lodged a claim against his employer, alleging he was overlooked for promotion after he refused to do academic work for MPs.
Business Day obtained a letter wherein it’s alleged that two PBO staff members assisted Van Rooyen while he was the whip of the standing committee on finance.
The letter indicated that the staff wrote his assignments while he was studying, but didn’t specify the details of the academic pursuit.
One of the staff involved refused to offer any comment on the issue saying he’s contractually prohibited from doing so.
However, the director of PBO who was accused of facilitating and encouraging his staff to help MPs with academic and political work denied the allegation.
Mohammed Jahed said any staff who undertook any work for any MP did that on their own accord. “I have no control over what my staff do in their personal capacity,” he said.
Des van Rooyen is yet to comment on the issue as he’s presently in Ecuador attending the Habitat III conference.