Public enterprises minister Lynne Brown has asked her personal assistant Kim Davids to resign after Wednesday's Gupta leaks stories, detailing how she received trips and accommodation in Dubai from the Gupta family.
According to the emails, Davids was instrumental in making key decisions, including the selection of new board appointments to state-owned enterprises in 2015.
It’s also alleged that two years ago she asked Gupta associate Salim Essa to sponsor a software training course in India for her husband-to-be. The request was forwarded to businessman Tony Gupta.
Davids has denied the allegations.
Investigative journalist at amaBhungane Sam Sole has more.
I think the minister actually has a lot questions to answer about her role because some of the key appointments took place under her watch and when the minister was appointed I think we had high hopes that she would clean up.— Sam Sole, amaBhungane investigative journalist
Sole says they briefed her communications director a bit about their concerns and suspicions back in 2014.
So I think the way she has allowed this process to unfold is a bit of a shock and a disappointment for everybody. But I think now what we have uncovered raises questions about her role and whether she was more complicit in what has happened or not.— Sam Sole, amaBhungane investigative journalist
In a statement, the minister says that she asked Davids to resign so as not to compromise the legitimacy of her office.
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