PRERORIA, South African Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has expressed support for the probe into national power utility Eskom saying a thorough investigation is the only way to lift the cloud shrouding State-owned enterprises (SOEs), which are alleged to be targets of State capture.
Brown, in a statement issued here Tuesday, reiterated that she is on record as supporting the investigations by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) into allegations of corruption reported in the media.
“The investigators must do their work. The Department [of Public Enterprises] has been instructed to assist the probe by making documents and officials available to the investigation as required,” she said.
Brown said she was the first member of the Executive to call for further investigation into the former Public Protector’s State of Capture Report, which refers to influential parties exercising undue influence over high ranking individuals of the State for their own benefit.
Her comments came as the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises received briefings from the South African Council of Churches and the State Capacity Research Project on Tuesday on the findings of their respective investigations into allegations of State capture. The session was part of the Committee’s preparations for the inquiry into the affairs of power utility Eskom.
The committee is one of the Parliamentary committees directed by the Chairperson of National Assembly Committees, Cedric Frolick, to probe accusations of State capture linked to alleged emails involving a number of Cabinet Ministers made public in June 2017.
Following the session, the committee said the information gathered will aid committee members to ask the right questions when the inquiry into Eskom begins in mid-August.
The committee had intended to begin the full inquiry into Eskom at the beginning of August. However, it moved the start date to the third week of August to allow itself time to thoroughly process the evidence and submissions before it.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK