The Eskom Inquiry continues and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown is being questioned on whether she consulted with Tony Gupta or Salim Essa on any of her ministerial functions.
This accusation came to light when Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi claimed she’s clearly associated with the Guptas earlier today. Brown has sharply denied this accusation. Read: I met Tony Gupta and Salim Essa at Minister Lynne Brown’s home - Zola Tsotsi
Sikonathi Mantshantsha deputy editor of the Financial Mail says thus far, Brown has still a lot to answer for. For Mantshantsha the most important question is if as the minister and shareholder repetitive, Brown was unconcerned about the effects of suspending the whole executive board essentially establishing the company, who should be concerned?
Who must look after the interest of Eskom? Who must look after the interest of the 50 000 people who work there? Who must look after the 56 million South Africans?— Sikonathi Mantshantsha, Deputy Editor of the Financial Mail
Pauli Van Wyk, journalist at Daily Maverick’s Investigative Team Scorpio says Tsotsi testimony also gave the first acknowledgement at President's Jacob Zuma's interest and involvement at Eskom.
This is the first time we actually heard where the president was directly involved. He was always this figure hanging over the Guptas, keeping them in power, but this time we actually heard he had a hand in it.— Pauli Van Wyk, journalist at Daily Maverick’s Investigative Team Scorpio
Van Wyk says that it is also important to look at Brown's actions, not just the accusations at her. For Van Wyk, there you'll find circumstantial evidence that shows her role. She adds that her actions indicate that there is no way Brown did not know about what was going on as she claims.
Listen to the full interview below: