He says that while the report comes to few formal conclusions, its recommendation that the matter is so serious and so significant that it needs to be handled by a formal and independently selected judicial commission of enquiry is to be welcomed, and is a process that is fully supported by the Chamber of Mines.
“The Chamber of Mines has repeatedly raised its concerns – first in private, but more lately in public – about the state of governance in South Africa, particularly as this applies to the allegations of impropriety within the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR).
The Public Protector’s report provides more detail on these allegations and the alleged improper use of state machinery for nefarious ends,” Teke said in a statement.
The Chamber of Mines recognises that the commission will need at least the 180 days allocated to its investigation and the council and its members will provide any and all support to its function. “We would submit, however, that in the intervening period urgent intervention is needed to restore the integrity of the DMR,” says Teke.
The Chamber of Mines will seek urgent engagements with the Presidency and the ANC to consider the material damage that the allegations of impropriety and corruption that have been raised in this report and elsewhere have caused to the local mining industry’s international reputation.