Let people reply, says Brown
PUBLIC Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has promised that those who lied to her about R600 million paid to Trillian will be charged at Eskom.
Brown also warned Parliament against turning the inquiry into state capture into a “kangaroo court” by not giving relevant people an opportunity to respond to allegations of state capture.
Brown’s statement came after Eskom spokesperson Khulani Qoma accused her of lying.
Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises Ben Martins also joined Brown in condemning the inquiry and said it was unfair.
But the portfolio committee on public enterprises said it would provide all implicated parties an opportunity to respond to allegations.
In a statement Martins said he was also speaking on behalf of his boss, Brown.
Brown said Parliament must give them an opportunity to respond.
“By failing to subscribe to fundamental constitutional principles such as affording people the right to reply, or to distinguish between hearsay and factual evidence, the inquiry takes the form of a kangaroo court intent on reaching predetermined outcomes,” said Brown.
“In conclusion, let me state unequivocally that I do not take instructions from anybody.
“If truth be told, Eskom officials intentionally misled me on the Trillian matter and the acting chairperson (Zethembe Khoza) has assured me that those responsible will be charged by the company,” said Brown.
This came after Qoma accused Brown of lying about the continuing woes at the power utility company.
Qoma’s attack on Brown came a day after Eskom admitted that it was broke and needs billions of rand to get out of financial trouble.
Eskom said it has R1.2 billion left in its reserves after it used up R20bn.
Martins said the inquiry has not given anyone an opportunity to respond to the allegations made by several witnesses.