Gordhan denies daughter benefited financially from government tenders

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has denied allegations that his daughter benefited financially from the government through companies he was involved in.

Gordhan testified for a third day at the state capture commission of inquiry on Wednesday.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) claims that Anusha Gordhan was a director of several companies that secured tenders worth more than R80 million with the state since her father was appointed finance minister in 2009.

Gordhan says this is false.

Eyewitness News reporter Clement Manyathela was at the commission.

He took some time to explain that his daughter joined Investec and as soon as he joined. She was in fact sent into a private equity division, now when they invest money in those companies, the bank will take people in that division and deploy them as directors of those companies. They do not necessarily hold those shares and the financial benefit does not come to those directors but specifically to the bank.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

He says it is not true that Anusha benefited financially from these government contracts and that she worked for a bank that had business with government.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

He also denied the allegation that Anusha used her relationship with him to try and access government tenders. He says it is completely not true and has challenged the people making these claims to come and make them here at the state capture commission so that they can subject themselves to cross examination.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

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