Public Enterprises' Ben Martins denies secret meetings with Gupta family

Deputy Public Enterprises Minister Ben Martins has denied any secret meetings with the Gupta family but has admitted that he did meet them on a few occasions.

He has accused Eskom's suspended head of legal, Suzanne Daniels, of being a "liar" saying she fabricated a story about meeting him and Ajay Gupta at Melrose Arch.

On Wednesday Daniels told Parliament's Public Enterprises portfolio committee that she met with Martins, President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane and Gupta in July this year.

READ: Eskom's legal head takes her suspension battle to CCMA

Eyewitness News reporter Rahima Essop has more on the story.

He says he did not attend a meeting with Ajay Gupta and Duduzane Zuma in Melrose Arch on the 29th of July this year.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

He suspects that Daniels fabricated the story because he had on previous occasions admonished her for governance lapses under her watch as company secretary, so the inference then is that Daniels is holding a grudge against the deputy minister.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

He conceded yes, he did meet with the Gupta brothers a handful of times, throughout his career in government, he mentioned the Indian fair at their Saxonwold home, later at a media event.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

He also spoke about an occasion where he called Tony Gupta and former Prasa CEO Lucky Montana to meet with him at his Pretoria home to discuss issues at the railway agency. On that particular issue, he said that Montana had raised allegations that some of the Gupta's wanted to influence leadership changes at Prasa.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

Meanwhile, Eskom has served another senior executive with a suspension letter for allegedly receiving kickbacks.

Abram Masango has until Friday to motivate why he must not be suspended for an incident which happened while he was still the group executive for capital, which includes projects such as the Kusile Power Station.

Energy Expert and MD at EE Publishers, Chris Yelland says the scandals surrounding the power utility may have a harsh impact on Eskom.

It must be very disturbing for investors and lenders. Eskom is in a situation of severe liquidity at the moment leading up to next year where it is likely that they will go into a negative liquidity position.

Chris Yelland, Energy Expert and MD at EE Publishers

Click on the link below to listen to the full audio....


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Public Enterprises' Ben Martins denies secret meetings with Gupta family


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Tshediso Matona says former Eskom board wanted him out

Tshediso Matona says former Eskom board wanted him out

At Eskom's parliamentary inquiry the former CEO described 'a sordid and dysfunctional environment' among Eskom's board members.

Eskom's legal head takes her suspension battle to CCMA

Eskom's legal head takes her suspension battle to CCMA

Eskom to oppose the lifting of Suzanne Daniels' suspension at the CCMA and denies claims it is targeting her for exposing execs.

Piers Marsden informed the Hawks in July 2016 of dodgy Eskom transactions

Piers Marsden informed the Hawks in July 2016 of dodgy Eskom transactions

Business rescue practitioner Piers Marsden testified on the state capture inquiry into Eskom in Parliament on Wednesday.

Portfolio Committee chair shocked by latest testimony in Eskom inquiry

Portfolio Committee chair shocked by latest testimony in Eskom inquiry

A former Trillian employee revealed that Trillian CEO Eric Wood knew Nhlanhla Nene would be axed as Finance Minister.

Political desk: Mothepu's testimony is proof of insider trading - Karima Brown

Political desk: Mothepu's testimony is proof of insider trading - Karima Brown

Former Trillian employee Mosilo Mothepu gave testimony on Tuesday.

Whistleblower reveals damning evidence in state capture probe

Whistleblower reveals damning evidence in state capture probe

Parliament's Eskom inquiry resumed on Tuesday with whistleblower, Mosilo Mothepu giving testimony on Trillian and Eskom.

Popular articles
7 ways the new child maintenance law cracks down on defaulters

7 ways the new child maintenance law cracks down on defaulters

The new regulation will see those found guilty of dodging child maintenance blacklisted, among other measures.

If Jordaan is innocent as he claims, he must sue for defamation - Bongani Bingwa

If Jordaan is innocent as he claims, he must sue for defamation - Bongani Bingwa

Safa President, Danny Jordaan has broken the silence on rape allegations against him and denies ever raping Jennifer Ferguson.

[LISTEN] Father shares how he shot the man who raped his daughter

[LISTEN] Father shares how he shot the man who raped his daughter

Johannesburg father, Chris says he had just come back from work when he walked in on an employee raping his 17 year old daughter.

Redi Tlhabi pays Afternoon Drive host Bongani Bingwa a visit this Women's Day

Redi Tlhabi pays Afternoon Drive host Bongani Bingwa a visit this Women's Day

Redi Tlhabi says one of the perceptions she'd like to debunk is that she never discusses politics all the time.

WATCH: Zuma denies crisis at Sassa, won't evaluate isiphithiphithi (chaos)

WATCH: Zuma denies crisis at Sassa, won't evaluate isiphithiphithi (chaos)

Zuma says he cannot be expected to act against Minister Bathabile Dlamini on social grants matter now before the ConCourt.

Competition Commission investigates five companies to stamp out price-fixing

Competition Commission investigates five companies to stamp out price-fixing

Commission says investigation into food and agro processing companies is important because of high levels of inequality in SA.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?