THE Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (Sactwu) is to be commended for its action to relieve the misery of the poor members of the plundered funds (Union reserves ‘will replace lost funds’, April 25).
However, while the secrecy and lack of disclosure continue, in keeping with the true spirit of the Protection of State Information Bill, questions will remain as to whether or not someone is being protected.
Remember that as far back as February last year, the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) shadow minister of economic development posed a number of questions that have not been answered.
I quote: “It has surfaced that, even though Mr (Enoch) Godongwana testified he did not receive money from other sources related to Canyon Springs, he did indeed receive large payments on several occasions from Eclipse Capital, a company wholly owned by Mr Kawie (Richard Kawie, former Sactwu unionist).
“Mr Godongwana appears to have preferred the income from Canyon Springs to be funnelled through Mr Kawie’s companies in order to conceal any direct relations between Mr Godongwana and Canyon Springs.
“The list of questionable actions by Mr Godongwana is growing rapidly. He failed to properly disclose his interests in Canyon Springs Investments. He lied to the liquidation inquiry.
He resigned from his post at the Economic Development Department without offering a proper explanation. He has attempted to conceal the true source of his income. He has refused to come to Parliament to explain himself.
“These examples show that while Mr Godongwana has claimed that he was an innocent bystander in the stealing of workers’ pension funds, his actions suggest the opposite.
“The more information is revealed, the more questionable Mr Godongwana’s role becomes.”
Alarmingly, Mr Godongwana told an inquiry last year: “What is reasonable and fair to pay back, I will pay back.” Did he have in mind R1,5m of the R130m Sactwu was trying to recover?
It doesn’t make me confident, or trusting, about the ANC’s economic transformation committee chairman.
Mr Godongwana, it should be remembered, was formerly the deputy minister of economic development to Minister Ebrahim Patel, who was general secretary of Sactwu at the time hundreds of millions were lost by the various funds. Mr Kawie was known to be close to Mr Godongwana, and often claimed to have the direct ear of Mr Patel. The questions remain.