Mantashe, along with his then deputy Jessie Duarte and the ANC’s economic transformation subcommittee chairman Enoch Godongwana, met with Howa on two occasions.
“We didn’t just wake up and call the banks. There were quite a number of issues that put pressure on us to seek clarity on how the banks were working.
“The issue of the closure of the bank accounts of Oakbay, in particular, was a topical matter in the public domain. Oakbay came to the ANC mainly emphasising the possibility of the loss of jobs,” Mantashe said.
“Many of the organisations they lobbied was [in order] to put pressure on the banks to reconsider their decision to close the accounts, they thought we would join the campaign.
“We took a decision that we can’t deal with this issue from one angle, we need to get the view of the banks, [on] how they operate and what leads to the closure of accounts,” Mantashe told the inquiry.