The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it has written to the African National Congress (ANC), acting secretary-general Jessie Duarte, to ask for the party’s protocol for private citizens to attend its National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings.
“If senior state officials like Dondo Mogajane can attend these meetings in their personal capacity, then presumably the discussions are open to other officials too,” said DA Shadow Minister of Finance, Geordin Hill-Lewis.
Hill-Lewis said that he would be happy to discuss economic policy at the next NEC meeting.
In a reply to a DA parliamentary question, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni confirmed that Mogajane, Finance Department Director-General, attended the ANC meeting in January 2021.
“I take note of the Minister’s assertion that the DG was present in his “private capacity.”
I believe the Minister has used this formulation because he understands that senior civil officials who are subject to the Public Service Act should not attend the ANC’s NEC meeting,” said Hill-Lewis.
“I will submit a separate application under the Promotion of Access to Information Act to get minutes, notes, or recordings of anything stated in the meeting by Mogajane. This is a subject of public interest because he is a public official.”
Hill-Lewis expressed his eagerness to hear from the ANC on the matter. “Since I, too, would be attending in my “private capacity,” I suppose they will have no objection to me attending the next meeting,” he stated.