Newly reappointed Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, says that coordinated fake news, with an aim to discredit those who are exposing state capture, is running rampant in South Africa. This has been likened to the smear campaign run by Bell Pottinger on behalf of the Guptas.
Pravin Gordhan has vowed that he will not be 'intimidated' by the smear campaign he claims is currently out to discredit him.
The minister says that coordinated fake news, similar to that run by overseas PR firm, Bell Pottinger, on behalf of the notorious Gupta family, is alive in South Africa with an aim to discredit those exposing state capture.
Gordhan says he is currently in the throws of cleaning up state-owned entities, attempting to revive them in the process. His reappointment, according to the minister, was a sign there was plenty of work that still needed doing:
"We have got a job to do and to execute the mandate that he [Ramaphosa] has given all of us, part of which is to get state entities to work efficiently and become self-sufficient, and to continue to unravel state capture and corruption within these entities."
The minister added that this would result in an increase in 'ripple effects', with fake narratives increasing as people are impacted by these exposures:
"You might already see an increase in the Bell Pottinger-type of activities, so that you smear people who are actually doing the good work of exposing corruption. We are not going to be intimidated in the course of doing that."
With his clean-up campaign moving into high gear, Gordhan now has to aid state entities in becoming independent of the national fiscus. Eskom's re-positioning is of paramount importance, followed by making the ports under Transnet economically efficient, reports TimesLIVE.
As for Denel, Gordhan says he wanted to see the entity generating revenue of its own from the bailout handed down from Treasury, while SAA urgently needed to be stabilised and a strategic equity partner sourced.
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