Deadline set for action against Minister Brown

Deadline set for action against Minister Brown

President Cyril Ramaphosa has been given 14 days to respond to findings by the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, that a cabinet minister violated the Executive Ethics Code.

Lynne Brown (Economics)

Mkhwebane found Public Enterprises minister Lynne Brown mislead Parliament and disclosed false facts on the transaction between Eskom and the Gupta-linked Trillian.

The investigation by the Public Protector followed a complaint by the DA.

Minister Brown, in response to a DA parliamentary question, denied that there had been an agreement between Eskom and Trillian. 

However, AmaBhungane, later established that either Trillian or a subsidiary company had, at the time of the reply, already invoiced Eskom for R266 million.

"If the President is truly committed to building a government that is beyond reproach, he must immediately remove anyone who is found guilty of unethical behaviour from his Cabinet," says the DA's Natasha Mazzone.

Minster Lynne Brown has denied that she inadvertently mislead MPs and accuses former Eskom exec Anoj Singh of misleading her by supplying false information.

"I instructed Eskom's Board to take disciplinary action against those who conspired to mislead me, Parliament and the country."

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