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Presidency rejects Independent newspapers claims that Ramaphosa asked Mbalula to leave a meeting

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With the looming grace period for the renewal of driving licences, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has encouraged drivers to renew their licences, as there will be no further extension to the licence validity.

By Thys Khiba – The Presidency has rejected Independent newspapers’ claims that President Cyril Ramaphosa has asked Minister of transport, Fikile Mbalula to leave a meeting after allegedly attending the meeting unprepared and failed to read cabinet memos.

“Cabinet discussions are confidential. This has been a long-standing convention and thus these allegations are unfounded. Cabinet decisions are in a transparent manner shared with the public by the Minister in the Presidency. The allegations made by the Sunday Independent are therefore unjustified and malicious,” Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said.

This comes after the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Phumla Williams indicated the allegations made by the newspaper were ‘unfounded and deliberately’ misled South Africans.


The GCIS continued to say that the Cabinet members, including Mbalula are accountable collectively and individually to Parliament for the exercise of their powers and the performance of their functions.

“Any unauthorised or premature disclosure of Cabinet meetings or information undermines the collective responsibility of Cabinet,” the GCIS said.

Mbalula and Sanral are expected to update media about their progress on Monday morning.

The briefing is expected to cover non-compliance with and violation of a Board resolution which led to a material irregularity in the tendering process.



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