Des van Rooyen testify for Zondo
Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24
- The person employed as Des van Rooyen’s adviser for the length of his short stint as finance minister is somebody he handiest met as soon as in 2009.
- The rate additional heard how Van Rooyen had not viewed his CV.
- Mohamed Bobat became show on the swearing-in ceremony of Van Rooyen in December 2015.
The rate of inquiry into command compile has heard how Des van Rooyen handiest met Mohamed Bobat as soon as sooner than changing into finance minister, however later appointed the person as his particular adviser.
When Van Rooyen became sworn in as finance minister in December 2015, he appointed Bobat as his particular adviser and Ian Whitley as his chief of workers.
Outdated to the appointment, he had met Bobat as soon as, in 2009, at a restaurant.
“I became doing outreach in Bojanala [district in the North West], I judge I wanted one thing from a restaurant of a hotel in the region. I went there to obtain one thing and that’s the put I met Mohamed.
“I got into the restaurant and greeted every person. He launched himself to me on my methodology out and gave me his industry card. I saved the industry card and, after I had challenges with my study, I started speaking with him when there [was] a need,” he outlined to the rate on Tuesday.
When probed by the rate on why Bobat approached him, Van Rooyen outlined that whenever “there is a pacesetter in the region, folks must companion with that chief”.
The ragged finance minister additional told the rate that he didn’t contact Bobat veritably, however that he initiated the whole engagements.
Fast forward six years later, and Van Rooyen became to be sworn in as finance minister in December 2015.
“I attempted to name Bobat and I struggled to obtain lend a hand of him, the presidency wanted an inventory of folks to approach aid and lend a hand my swearing in.
“On the 8th [of December] after the assembly with the president, I thought who can I bring to enhance? I already determined that I became going to hint this man because I in fact need him to approach aid and join me,” Van Rooyen outlined.
Earlier, the rate heard how Bobat became presented on the swearing-in ceremony, held on the Union Constructions.
“I indicated to him that I in fact net an curiosity in him being an component of my crew as an adviser – as noteworthy as I identified him, we net now to apply a assignment.
“I said there is a due assignment that must be adopted to confirm that you just’re correct kind and the DG [Lungisa Fuzile] is going to wait on me, so I’m going to introduce you and that’s what took space, he approved my offer,” Van Rooyen additional outlined.
On the time, Van Rooyen had never viewed Bobat’s CV and he handiest knew of his abilities thru his engagements with him, the rate heard.
“Why did you confine your self to this person, whom you handiest met as soon as six years ago or so in a restaurant, and in addition you handiest spoke to as soon as or twice on the phone?” the rate’s chair Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo asked.
Van Rooyen answered: “Chair, I had no time, I needed to hit the ground working, I needed to prioritise some positions in my space of business by methodology of the instant duties”.