CAPE TOWN - The Economic Freedom Fighters on Friday objected strongly to Transnet's stated intention to fire group chief executive Siyabongo Gama and suggested it was part of a purge by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan of African executives at parastatals.
"The purging of African Executives in state-owned companies border on unlawfulness and disregard of acceptable governance principles. Since their appointment, the Board of Transnet has made several allegations against its GCEO and other executives and yet do not have the courage to subject them to a due process, which will procedurally and fairly determine whether they are guilty of maladministration and corruption," EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said.
He said the EFF urged President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Transnet board "to stop the purging crusade" and focus on improving the performance of South Africa's state-owned companies.
Ndlozi said Transnet was one of the country's best performing parastatals and unlike many others did not rely on bailouts from National Treasury.
Transnet chairman Popo Molefe confirmed on Thursday that the board had informed Gama of its intention to terminate his contract and given him ten days to submit reasons as to why it should not do so.