MPs set to hear Eskom probe ev­i­dence

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

THE in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Par­lia­ment into Eskom is set to be­gin to­mor­row, with the SA Coun­cil of Churches and State Ca­pac­ity Re­search Project to give ev­i­dence on their damn­ing find­ings into state cap­ture.

Act­ing chair­per­son of the pub­lic en­ter­prises com­mit­tee Zuk­iswa Ran­tho said yes­ter­day that they would hold their first meet­ing on the Eskom in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The com­mit­tee is one of four port­fo­lio com­mit­tees set up by Par­lia­ment to in­ves­ti­gate state cap­ture.

Ran­tho said to­mor­row’s meet­ing would be the start of the in­quiry with the SACC and State Re­search Ca­pac­ity Project in­volv­ing aca­demics to talk about their find­ings, which have im­pli­cated top of­fi­cials in gov­ern­ment who have been linked to the Gup­tas.

The com­mit­tee has al­ready sent let­ters to Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s son Duduzane Zuma and the Gup­tas to ap­pear be­fore them and give ev­i­dence. Duduzane is said to have busi­ness ties with the Gup­tas.

Ran­tho ex­plained that the in­quiry by the com­mit­tee would also look at the is­sues raised in the leaked emails.

The SACC set up a panel to probe state cap­ture af­ter for­mer pub­lic pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela re­leased her re­port last year. Zuma was im­pli­cated in state cap­ture, but said he was never given an op­por­tu­nity to re­spond and has chal­lenged it in court.

But the SACC and State Ca­pac­ity Re­search Project re­ports have made se­ri­ous find­ings against Zuma, the Gup­tas and se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and min­is­ters.

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