Jovial Zwane becomes sick mines minister for state capture meeting

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Matthew le Cordeur and Tshidi Madia

Cape Town – A jovial and joking Mosebenzi Zwane on Tuesday evening became an ill Minister of Mineral Resources on Wednesday morning.

Zwane was at a “surprise” ANC Free State provincial general council (PGC) on Tuesday evening, where News24 saw him in joking with ANC comrades.

The PGC meeting saw the ANC in the province officially nominated former African Union Commission chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as its preferred candidate to become the ANC president.

However, Zwane had been set to meet the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on Tuesday to respond to state capture allegations.

He again did not appear on Wednesday and the committee was informed that they had received a sick note informing them that the minister could not appear.

The committee, which wanted to engage with the minister before working out how to proceed with state capture allegations, will not be able to meet Zwane until next year as a result of his no-show.

Committee chairman Sahlulele Luzipo said they will write to Zwane to invite him to meet with the committee on January 24, 2018. If he does not arrive then or a week thereafter shoudl he have a conflicting engagement, then the committee will meet to decide whether they should subpoena him.

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