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Brown: Eskom officials purposefully misled me

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says Eskom's officials purposefully misled her regarding its dealings with Gupta-linked Trillian.

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Trillian received around R130 million from the state power utility for work it never did, through its contract with McKinsey.


Brown says the parliamentary enquiry into Eskom must hear submissions from the people who have been accused of wrongdoing.


She has released a statement after Eskom board spokesperson Khulano Qoma told the enquiry today that Brown lied to parliament about Trillian.


Qoma says Brown acted ignorant of the false information she was made to read to parliament by suspended CFO Anoj Singh.


"She did not see that there was something wrong with this transaction and get people dealt with and actually investigate the matter. At that time it was early-warning enough. Singh did not face any music about that. She know that information came from Singh. 


"When the media chases her down she suddenly says 'I don't know what is happening.' If you go back to the statements you'll actually be shocked. She just said 'I don't know, I did not know', when she knew." 


Brown says justice requires more than just recording the hear-say and uncontested evidence presented from select witnesses so far.


The minister says failing to give people a chance to respond to the allegations reduces the inquiry to a Kangaroo Court, intent on reaching pre-determined outcomes.

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