Giving testimony before parliament’s ad hoc committee probe related to a stalemate between the government and industry farmers over the regulations, Dr Moteane revealed that his company had been awarded an auctioneering licence whose requirements he twice failed to meet. In his second appearance before the committee Dr Moteane said he applied for a brokering license on two separate occasions but was turned down for failure to meet set requirements.
He said he was called for an interview before he was issued with an auctioneering license he had not applied for. “My application was rejected the first time, and a second time for not fulfilling the requirements and I accepted it,” he said. Dr Moteane said he greatly suspected government decided to issue him another license “only to shut me up because since the beginning of this saga I have been vocal, and calling for the repeal of these new regulations that have killed our business.
“Or it could just be a malicious manoeuvre to throw me in as an auctioneer, then stand back and watch me fail to their amusement”. He pointed out the interviewing panel comprised the Minister of Small Business, Cooperatives and Marketing Chalane Phori, development planning minister Dr Tlohelang Aumane, defence minister Tefo Mapesela, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture Dr Nthabiseng Makoae as well as the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Mochesetsa Mofomobe.