Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has strongly refuted any interference in the procurement or appointments in Eskom during his tenure as public enterprises minister.
Gigaba appeared before the Public Enterprise Portfolio Committee currently holding the Eskom inquiry into state capture at the power utility.
EWN reporter Lindsay Dentlinger says Gigaba insists there was no way of knowing at the time that those contracts linked to the Gupta family were tainted.
He says, as a minister, he was kept at an arm's length from procurement matters at state owned companies and that it was a very limited scope for him to interfere.— Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter
Gigaba says that his role in making board appointments was constrained and that board appointment had to be approved by Cabinet.
He also refuted claims of being involved with many of the matters that are being probed at Eskom at the moment saying that he wasn't the minister at the time.
He says he is sad and disappointed that he might have played an inadvertent role in appointing these directors who's conduct is now being questioned.— Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter
He says they came with glowing CVs. Brian Molefe was well respected in the financial sector and acted well when he was at Transnet and that there was no way of knowing at the time - everything is only unearthed now.— Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter
Dentlinger spoke about letters sent on behalf of the Guptas, Dudu Myeni and Duduzane Zuma to the portfolio committee.
The three were supposed to appear before the committee but sent letters instead explaining why they were unable to attend.
The Guptas lawyers accused the committee of political grandstanding and added that the committee has no control over the inquiry, reports Dentlinger.
Dudu Myeni has written in her personal capacity saying the committee is treating her like a criminal and that they are insensitive to her ill health.— Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter
Dudzana's lawyers are saying they have not been provided with a transcript of evidence put before the committee today.— Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter
To hear the rest of the report by EWN's Lindsay Dentlinger, listen below:
A furious Former SAA Chair Dudu Myeni tells #EskomInquiry she has been treated badly “all her life”. .. She failed to appear before Inquiry last week saying she was ill . A newspaper places her out late at night however on same eve at a Pretoria Hôtel... @eNCA pic.twitter.com/0U4ygbt8BI— Annika Larsen (@AnnikaLarsen1) March 13, 2018
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