Remembering that time when SA secretly sold black gold for peanuts

Remembering that time when SA secretly sold black gold for peanuts

Given the current situation South Africa finds itself in, it's hard not to remember how about 10 million barrels of crude oil was sold at a shockingly low price in 2015. While the petrol is at a record-high price, one can't help but wonder if that black gold wouldn't have come in handy right about now.

PAY ATTENTION: Click "See First" under the "Following" tab to see Briefly news on your News Feed!

The scandal surrounding the sale of all that crude oil at just $28 a barrel while the standard price was closer to $40, is one that was strangely easily forgotten.

Even today, investigators into that incident are left with more questions than answers.

The SFF (South African Strategic Fuel Fund) sold millions of barrels of oil for peanuts. What makes this incident even more bitter, is the fact that the oil wasn't extra stock. That oil was part of SA's private oil reserves.

By the time the oil already left South African shores, there was a lot of chaos and finger pointing was going on.

PAY ATTENTION: Save mobile data with FreeBasics: Briefly is now available on the app

Tina Joemat-Pettersson, the then-Minister of Energy, actually denied any such sale, according to a report by The South African.

She claimed it was simply a 'strategic rotation of oil resources’. She resigned soon after.

Her replacement, Mmamoloko Kubayi, went on to state that there was, in fact, a sale of crude oil.

The state-owned Central Energy Fund was involved in the sale and appeared before Parliament but simply shrugged off the allegations of corruption.

It is believed that officials within the CEF worked alongside Joemat-Petterson on a get-real-rich-real-quick scheme.

READ ALSO: EFF get in on state capture action with scathing reaction to Nene’s testimony

The main buyer of the oil was Glencore, and Ivan Glasenberg, the CEO, is a close business associate of President Ramaphosa. The president has investments in Glencore.

According to those who investigated the crude oil deal, the loss caused by it could be anything between R1,5 billion and R2,2 billion.

Do you have news that might interest us? Message us on our Facebook page and we could feature your story.

To stay up to date with the latest news, download our news app on Google Play or iTunes today.

Enjoy the silly Animated Joke: Lady In a Grocery Shop and head over to Briefly South Africa's YouTube channel for more awesome videos.


Related news
N2 crash claims life of former Springbok rugby player’s daughter

N2 crash claims life of former Springbok rugby player’s daughter

Former Springbok player’s daughter dies in massive N2 car crash
Mailfire view pixel