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CEO of the PIC fights for his future

Matjila says accusations he misused funds are ‘spurious’.

Public Investment Corporation chief executive officer Dan Matjila rejected an allegation he misused funds as “spurious” ahead of a board meeting on Friday that could decide his future at the helm of Africa’s biggest money manager.

Johannesburg’s Star newspaper reported on Thursday that Matjila has been told by PIC deputy chairman Xolani Mkhwanazi to respond to an accusation he used PIC funds to finance a personal project related to someone he is allegedly in a relationship with. Matjila, 55, cut short a trip to the US to be able to attend Friday’s meeting, he said by phone. Pretoria-based PIC, which handles pension funds for South African state workers, has almost R1.9 trillion ($145 billion) in assets.

The accusation against Matjila originates from a website said to be connected to the Gupta family, who are friends with President Jacob Zuma and the subject of allegations that they have used the relationship to influence cabinet appointments and state-contract awards, according to the Star. They want Matjila replaced with Brian Molefe, the former CEO of state power utility Eskom Holdings, the newspaper reported, citing people at the National Treasury that it didn’t identify.

Molefe is also a former head of the PIC and worked as director-general at the Treasury. He is currently legally challenging Eskom after the utility was ordered not to give him a pension payout by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown. Zuma had considered him as a potential finance minister. 

“There are no preconceived plans whatsoever to remove” Matjila, Deputy Finance Minister Sfiso Buthelezi, who is chairman of the PIC, said in an emailed statement. “These allegations are unfounded, baseless and are causing unnecessary panic over an internal matter at the PIC. The PIC board has indeed called for a meeting on Friday with the CEO, but this is to discuss and get clarification from him on internal matters.”

The Guptas have been the subject of a raft of South African media stories about their alleged corruption based on a a trove of leaked emails. They and Zuma deny any wrongdoing. The saga has encompassed some global companies, with Bell Pottinger, the UK public-relations firm, filing for administration this week after a report by the industry body found they had run a racially divisive social-media campaign on behalf of the family.

Matjila, a former maths professor, has led the PIC since December 2014.

© 2017 Bloomberg

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Molefe again!!! That cannot be a coincidence. The Zupta zombies must be drooling at the throught of that R1,9 trillion, waiting to be plundered. WAKE UP PEOPLE, your money is about to be stolen.

All the chickens are beginning to come home. May there soon be a flood of miscreants heading for the hills.

The PIC has always been by far the biggest potential feeding trough.Say bye bye pensions!

I for one, will not shoot the man from the hip, like cowboys do.
Dan is a well educated, very capable and a highly experienced asset manager.
I will like to see substantial evidence and Dan’s response to any accusations before I jump on the bandwagon. I would also caution to go slowly with the attacks at this early stage.

Facts have never gotten in the way of Zuma and his Guptas firing uncorrupted people and replacing them with corrupt lackeys to do their radical transferring of economic resources, from state funds like PIC coffers.

those who think corruption of african pensions in south africa are coming to an end are living in a dream world.
the drc and other african countries with potential wealth have been independant for 60 years and the plundering is getting worse. at 23 years of ”FREEDOM” our greedy little pigs are only getting going.

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