Ben Martins ac­cuses Eskom wit­ness of ly­ing

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Front Page - DEN­NIS CRUYWAGEN

DEPUTY Public En­ter­prises Min­is­ter Ben Martins has pro­vided proof that he was at the fu­neral of Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesper­son, Ron­nie Mamoepa, on the day when a sus­pended Eskom em­ployee claimed they had at­tended a meet­ing with a Gupta fam­ily mem­ber.

Last week Suzanne Daniels tes­ti­fied at a par­lia­men­tary in­quiry into Eskom that she had met with Martins, Duduzane Zuma and Ajay Gupta at Mel­rose Arch.

Martin has pro­vided proof from his di­ary to back up his state­ment last week that Daniels had lied un­der oath when she told the in­quiry about the meet­ing.

That event, ac­cord­ing to a letter Martins sent to the public en­ter­prises com­mit­tee probe into Eskom, was one of two ma­jor en­gage­ments on July 29.

He was there from 7am un­til about 1.15pm. At the ser­vice he took sev­eral pho­to­graphs with for­mer Robben Is­land pris­on­ers.

After this event, he went to St Ge­orge’s Ho­tel in Irene to take part in an ANC legkotla. Sev­eral Cab­i­net mem­bers, as well as ANC col­leagues, he said, could vouch for his pres­ence. He was part of the Eco­nomic Trans­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sion and was at the ANC event un­til 7.30pm.

Martins ques­tioned the fail­ure of ev­i­dence leader ad­vo­cate Ntuthuzelo Va­nara to up­hold the stan­dard and prin­ci­ples of fair­ness dur­ing the par­lia­men­tary probe into Eskom.

“In par­tic­u­lar Ms Daniels’ tes­ti­mony in­clud­ing the tes­ti­mony of all other wit­nesses who tes­ti­fied at the par­lia­men­tary in­quiry have never been tested. The truth­ful­ness of such tes­ti­mony falls short of sat­is­fy­ing the re­quire­ments of valid, co­gent and ad­mis­si­ble ev­i­dence,” he said.

Martins said that be­fore the in­quiry be­gan, Public En­ter­prises Min­is­ter Lynne Brown had sent three let­ters, one to Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Baleka Mbete, an­other to Va­nara and the third to the chair­per­son of the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on public en­ter­prises.

“The first letter of Au­gust 8 ad­dressed

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