Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has given President Cyril Ramaphosa up to 14 days to take tough action against Minister of Public Enterprise Lynne Brown after it was found that she violated the ethics code.
Mkhwebane says Brown is guilty of misleading Parliament after she failed to disclose business dealings between Gupta-linked Trillian and Eskom.
In her response, Brown says she was misled by Eskom and was unaware at the time that monies had been paid.
In a statement, Brown stated that she was misled by the former Eskom CFO Anoj Singh and former CEO Brian Molefe.
What the DA and a number of people are saying is that the Minister has to bear the responsibility for this... She must be held accountable for what happened.— Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter
Brown also said that she immediately alerted Parliament when she discovered that Eskom had deliberately misled her, and instructed Eskom's board to take disciplinary action against Singh and Molefe.
When I became aware that senior Eskom officials deliberately misled me, I immediately informed Parliament’s ethics committee and the Public Protector of the false information.— Lynne Brown, Minister of Public Entreprise
Nicolaides says news about Brown misleading Parliament broke in May last year and there was no significant action taken by Eskom until the commission of inquiry a few weeks ago.
Brown was seen defending Brian Molefe, saying that he was the right man for the job and fought for him to be reinstated at Eskom, reports Nicolaides.
She says the DA is calling for President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire Brown.
We only saw major changes at Eskom in the board and leadership positions earlier this year but it was coming from government and not the minister.— Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter
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