Newly-appointed MP Bongani Bongo: Unfair to label us 'Zuma ministers'

Newly-appointed MP Bongani Bongo: Unfair to label us 'Zuma ministers'

New Home Affairs Committee Chair, Bongani Bongo, feels that labelling him and the other recently-appointed heads of parliamentary portfolios committees as 'Zuma ministers' is unfair. Bongo feels that this suggests they are unfit for their new positions.

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Bongani Bongo feels that labelling him as a 'Zuma minister' suggests that himself and other parliamentary portfolio committee chairs are unfit for their new deployments. reported earlier that Bongo's return as an MP, alongside other tainted names, received widespread criticism.

The former State Security minister has been accused of bribery, despite his recent appointment. Bongo, along with others, were seen as close allies of ex-president Jacob Zuma and had been implicated in wrongdoing, reports News24.

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Bongo feels that after the announcement of the new chairs, there had been an 'unjustified' rush to 'unfairly' dub the appointees as Zuma ministers:

“We are not necessarily Zuma ministers; we are members of the ANC and have been elected as such. So, when President Cyril Ramaphosa was making a choice, he chose individuals who are members of the ANC. It is unfair to point out certain people from among the host of ANC members and say: ‘These are former Zuma ministers.’ It is unfair to label anyone a so-and-so minister.”

Bongo pointed out that many of the MPs in question had served under numerous presidents, including Thabo Mbeki, Ramaphosa and even Nelson Mandela, claiming that:

“This is just the media’s way of driving a wedge and creating factions within the governing party.”

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