SOUTH AFRICAN CABINET MINISTER DENIES INTERFERING IN STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISES

CAPE TOWN– South African Home Affairs (Interior) Minister Malusi Gigaba, who previously served as Minister of Finance and Minister of Public Enterprises, has appeared before a Parliamentary Inquiry investigating allegations of State Capture at State-owned power utility Eskom.

Gigaba denied ever interfering with either the appointments of board members or the procurement processes of State-owned enterprises (SOEs) when he appeared Tuesday before the Parliamentary inquiry investigating allegations of State Capture at Eskom.

Meanwhile, it’s highly unlikely the inquiry will have the opportunity to hear from former South African Airways (SAA) board chairperson Dudu Myeni or any of the Gupta brothers this week, after they once again informed Members of the Parliamentary Committee of their unavailability.

It has been a tough few days for Gigaba. His appearance before the inquiry, where he was interrogated on State capture allegations during his tenure at Public Enterprises between November 2010 and May 2014, would prove no different.

In his 25-page submission, however, Gigaba denied any knowledge of wrongdoing, either by himself or individuals he had appointed to various boards of directors.

Meanwhile, it remains unclear when Myeni and the Gupta brothers will appear before the inquiry. Myeni, who has accused MPs of treating her like a criminal, says she’s still unable to fly due to illness.

And the Guptas’ lawyer informed the Parliament that none of the brothers are in the country. The Guptas, an immigrant family of Indian origin, are accused of exercising undue influence on top officials of the State — popularly referred to as State Capture by the South African media — including former president Jacob Zuma.

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