- Portia Derby was lauded as a prefered candidate for CEO by Transnet's board
- However, an aspect of her past has come back to haunt her, casting a shadow over the achievement
- Her marriage to ex-husband Brian Molefe has had the Economic Freedom Fighters voicing their dismay
Portia Derby has only just been appointed the chief executive officer at Transnet after months of deliberation.
But already her ties to the man she once loved have politicians up in arms, with the Economic Freedom Fighters denouncing her ascension to the top post.
Briefly.co.za reported that Derby had been married to former Transnet CEO Brian Molefe, a man who is facing accusations of handing the Gupta's millions in state deals.
Derby has insisted she will not stand in the way of the probes into her ex-husband's conduct, the pair went their separate ways a decade ago.
Speaking to the Sunday Times, Derby was forced to point out she's her own woman, unaccountable for the actions of others.
The Economic Freedom Fighters recently released a statement denouncing her appointment:
"Ms. Derby is a compromised individual because, in 2011, her inexperienced company together with Alec Erwin, the former Minister of Public Enterprises was awarded the contract for coal logistics programme without following any tender process."
In addition to this staggering claim, the Red Berets claim questionable financial issues arose:
"Under her leadership, through her Ubu Logistics company, the Quattro programme which was meant to benefit young emerging black miners was cancelled by the Department of Mineral Resources after alleged misappropriation of funds."
The party has long accused Minister Pravin Gordhan of being compromised and insist this appointment is no exception:
"It serves Mr Gordhan right to appoint compromised individuals so that he can bulldoze and threaten them with jail if they don't cooperate with his dirty activities."
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