Ranjeni Munusamy – Business Journalist

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Ranjeni Munusamy - Business Journalist
Ranjeni Munusamy - Business Journalist

Ranjeni Munusamy – Business Journalist is Associate Editor of South Africa’s premier online news and analysis publication Daily Maverick and is a prominent commentator on South African politics. Ranjeni is available through Speakers Inc

Ranjeni Munusamy – Business Journalist

She has over 20 years experience in journalism and communications. She has worked at several prominent South African publications as a political correspondent. She was previously Head of Communications in the Ministry of Higher Education and Training.

If you thought the latest Nkandla parliamentary ad hoc committee was about whether President Jacob Zuma should pay back the money, you were very wrong.

It may have appeared that the committee was set up to consider Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko’s report on whether the president benefitted unduly from the Nkandla upgrades, but the end result is very different.

The first outcome of this process was to lay the foundation to authorise that more taxpayers’ money be spent on upgrading security at the president’s private home.

Ranjeni Munusamy – Business Journalist

The second was to allow ANC members to maul Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in an effort to discredit her report and findings. Madonsela, the ANC would have us believe, is the chief villain who wronged the president and misled the public.

You have to wonder why the ANC is so afraid to call Public Protector Thuli Madonsela before the parliamentary ad hoc committee on Nkandla. What do they think she would do? Shed more information she has been holding back on? Because she definitely has some. Dig in her heels on issues she was lenient on in her report? This includes that President Jacob Zuma might have lied to Parliament when he said that his family had built their own houses and the state had not built any for them or benefitted them.

You have to wonder why the ANC is so afraid to call Public Protector Thuli Madonsela before the parliamentary ad hoc committee on Nkandla. What do they think she would do? Shed more information she has been holding back on? Because she definitely has some. Dig in her heels on issues she was lenient on in her report? This includes that President Jacob Zuma might have lied to Parliament when he said that his family had built their own houses and the state had not built any for them or benefitted them.

Ranjeni Munusamy – Business Journalist

Munusamy previously served as advisor and speechwriter to senior South African political leaders, as well as a communications strategist and media trainer for political and labour organisations.  Follow Ranjeni on Twitter