I was fired for differing with Zuma on SOEs, says Hogan
Former president wanted the minister to be redeployed as the ambassador to Finland after replacing her with Malusi Gigaba
Former public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan says she was fired from the cabinet in 2010 after bumping heads with then president Jacob Zuma over appointments at state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Hogan told the state-capture inquiry on Tuesday that while she was waiting for Zuma to respond to a request for a meeting regarding the appointment of a new Transnet board and chair, she was told she was being dismissed.
Zuma, his son Duduzane and the Gupta family are at the centre of state-capture allegations under investigation by the commission, with the families standing accused of using their political influence to benefit financially from procurement contracts at state-owned enterprises, notably Transnet and Eskom. Hogan said she had been trying to table a memo to have the new board appointments and chair approved by the cabinet, but Zuma would not allow it. This came after he barred her from appointing a new Transnet group CEO following the departure of Maria Ramos in 2009, i...