Former public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan says in her affidavit to the Zondo commission investigating state capture that she was called to a meeting on October 31 2010 with then president Jacob Zuma and told the ANC national executive committee had decided to redeploy her as ambassador to Finland. Gwede Mantashe, who was then ANC secretary-general, was present at this meeting. “I declined the redeployment and informed them that I would be resigning as a member of parliament,” Hogan states. “I immediately packed up my office and left the following day, requesting a handover meeting with the incoming minister, which is the norm in government. Minister [Malusi] Gigaba declined my request,” she said. One wonders what was Gigaba’s thinking at the time. This was a pivotal moment in his career, promoted from deputy minister of home affairs to minister of public enterprises. Despite the complexity of the portfolio, he was so cocksure that he did not think he needed a briefing about w...

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