Ramaphosa suspends ex-transport minister Dipuo Peters

Ramaphosa suspends ex-transport minister Dipuo Peters

President Cyril Ramaphosa has suspended Deputy Minister of Small Business Development Dipuo Peters. 

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The decision following a finding by Parliament’s Joint Committee on Ethics and Members Interests that Peters had breached the Code of Ethical Conduct in her former portfolio as transport minister.

The complaints against Peters relate to her failure to appoint a Group CEO of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) during her tenure as the Minister of Transport.

During her testimony before the commission of inquiry into state capture, Peters said this was because she thought PRASA was not ready for a new Group CEO.

Her action resulted in a financial loss of R1.7 million, which was paid to the recruitment company.

It was also alleged that she used PRASA buses for ANC events in 2014 and 2015 without ensuring payment from the governing party.

The committee resolved to suspend her from sitting in all parliamentary debates and sittings and from committee meetings and committee-related functions and operations for one term of the parliamentary programme.

Presidency spokesperson Vincent Magwenya on Friday said the suspension will be for a month.

"The suspension, which will be without pay, became effective on 28 February 2024 and will end on 28 March 2024.”

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