The EFF has released a statement welcoming the decision by the courts to reject the appointment of Zandile Brown as the Chairperson of the NLC.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) took to Twitter on Saturday, 8 May 2021, to welcome the Gauteng High Court’s decision to nullify the appointment of Zandile Brown as the Chairperson of the National Lotteries Commission (NLC). The EFF has been alleging that the appointment of Brown was corrupt and another showcase of the contentious cadre deployment issue. However, this time, the implicated minister is Ebrahim Patel.
The EFF stated, “The EFF is vindicated as we have previously warned that Patel’s intentions were malicious and corrupt from the onset. Patel is manipulating the process to appoint a new Chairperson in order to corruptly award the lottery license his friends in the HCI and REMGRO who donated money to CR17.”
Addressing the allegations of cadre deployment, the statement noted, “Patel had initially wanted to handpick and impose his preferred Chairperson without involving parliament. On the 16th of November 2020, Patel wrote to the Speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise to demand that the National Assembly recommend one name out of the three names he handpicked. He handpicked Thuli Madonsela, Frank Chikane and Barney Pityana, all who are part of CR17 faction and would be willing to award lottery licenses to HCI or REMGRO.”
See the post below.
EFF Statement On The Court Judgement To Nullify The Corruptly And Illegally Appointed Acting Chairperson Of The National Lotteries Board pic.twitter.com/lh4GeUPXvU
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) May 8, 2021