Brown prom­ises le­gal ac­tion on Tril­lian ‘liars’

Pretoria News - - NEWS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

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 them an op­por­tu­nity to re­spond to al­le­ga­tions against them of state cap­ture.

Brown’s state­ment came af­ter Eskom spokesper­son Khu­lani Qoma ac­cused her of ly­ing.

Deputy Min­is­ter of Pub­lic En­ter­prises Ben Martins 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 the al­le­ga­tions against them.

Martins said he was also speak­ing on be­half of his boss, Brown.

Brown said Par­lia­ment must give them an op­por­tu­nity to re­spond. She said Par­lia­ment must “level the play­ing fields” by giv­ing all sides the plat­form to re­spond to the al­le­ga­tions.

“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,” she said.

“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 and the con­tin­ued woes at the power util­ity com­pany.

Qoma’s at­tack on Brown came a day af­ter Eskom ad­mit­ted it was broke and needed bil­lions of rand to get out of fi­nan­cial trou­ble.

Eskom said it had R1.2 bil­lion left in its re­serves af­ter it used up the R20bn.

Martins said the in­quiry had not given them an op­por­tu­nity to re­spond to the al­le­ga­tions made by sev­eral wit­nesses. He also de­nied he was with the Gup­tas, Duduzane Zuma and Salim Essa in July in Mel­rose Arch.

This was af­ter sus­pended le­gal head at Eskom, Suzanne Daniels, said Martins was at the meet­ing.

Martins said he at­tended the fu­neral ser­vice of late gov­ern­ment spokesper­son Ron­nie Mamoepa in Pre­to­ria be­fore he went to the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee lek­gotla later that day.

In his tes­ti­mony in Par­lia­ment Qoma said Brown has been ly­ing all the time and Khoza once told him the min­is­ter was cap­tured by the Gup­tas.

He has ac­cused Brown of ly­ing about ev­ery­thing.

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