Deputy minister Dipuo Peters suspended

 ·1 Mar 2024

Former Transport minister and current deputy minister of Small Business Development, Dipuo Peters, has been suspended by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The suspension will last for a period of one month without pay.

“The decision follows a sanction adopted by Parliament’s Joint Committee on Ethics and Members Interests against the Deputy Minister [which] found that Ms Peters had breached the Code of Ethical Conduct in her former portfolio as Minister of Transport,” wrote the presidency in a statement.

At the tail end of 2023, Peters was suspended from her seat in all parliamentary debates and sittings, committee meetings, functions, and operations for the last remaining months of the sixth Parliament. 

Peters previously served as transport minister in former president Jacob Zuma’s cabinet where numerous maladministration allegations were tabled against her.

Some of the complaints against Peters about her time in the transport ministry include:

  • Failing to appoint a group CEO of Prasa;
  • The Prasa board, led by Popo Molefe, had discovered R14 billion in irregular expenses and launched investigations into corruption at the organization. However, Peters attempted to stop these investigations and decided to dismiss them, which the High Court ruled as an irrational, unreasonable, and unlawful action.
  • Peters failed to investigate various corruption allegations;
  • Peters used Prasa buses for ANC events in 2014 and 2015 without ensuring payment from the party.

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