Brown handling of R1.6 billion payment to Gupta-linked company not inspiring public confidence- SANCO

Public Enterprises Minister, Lyne Brown’s handling of Eskom’s R1.6- billion payment to Gupta-linked financial advisory firm Trillian and global business consultancy Mc Kinsey does not inspire public confidence, the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) said on Monday. “Overwhelming evidence of rampant looting of resources cannot simply be ignored nor the Eskom board and its senior executives allegedly implicated in irregular transactions running into billions be allowed to undermine public accountability by showing the public the middle finger.The Minister cannot keep on extending deadlines that they have missed to respond to her queries without taking the matter to its logical conclusion,” emphasised SANCO National Spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu reiterating the call for the board to be dissolved and criminals charges laid against those implicated in gross irregularities. Mahlangu stressed that institutionalised plunder at the power utilityundermines the objective of the National Development Plan (NDP) and the resolve to fight poverty, unemployment and inequality. He said that Minister Lyne Brown has not shown the political will to deal with serious
corruption allegations levelled against Brian Molefe, Matshela Koko and Anoj Singh. “The delay in commissioning an investigation into allegations of state capture and Gupta-emails leak amidst allegations of money laundering and capital flight is harming South Africa’s reputation
and its economic recovery prospects,” he underscored.