Despite recent pressures and scandals surrounding South Africa’s premier power utility, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has praised the parastatal as being key to the South African economy.
Brown emphasised that the utility is the fourth largest electricity regulator in the world and is pivotal to job creation in the country.
“More than 46 000 South Africans work for Eskom, putting food on their families’ tables”, said Brown. “This makes it among the largest employers in the country”.
The minister was speaking at the newly handed over Mokgalwana multipurpose community centre where she hoped to inspire learners in the North West village to pursue careers with State-Owned Companies (SOCs).
However, Brown has recently come under fire from opposition parties and the media for bad governance pertaining to both the Brian Molefe saga and her potential connection to the infamous Gupta brand.
Leading the charge, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on parliament to probe Brown and other ANC ministers for their involvement in State Capture as highlighted by the recent #GuptaLeaks.
The emails support claims that both Director General of Public Enterprises, Richard Seleke, and Transnet’s Non-Executive Director, Iqbal Sharma, made privileged information surrounding SOCs available to Gupta representatives.
“These reports further expose the depth of the governance failures of public entities under Minister Lynne Brown, and allegations of Gupta capture against her”, wrote DA Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, Natasha Mazzone.
Brown has not commented on the allegations against her, but has stated that State Capture claims against Eskom must be “proven or removed from the table as quickly as possible”.