Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, says he fully supports Eskom’s decision to suspend chief finance officer Anoj Singh, pending an investigation into his Gupta ties.
The announcement was given on Thursday with the parastatal placing Singh on special leave to allow for proper inquiries to take place.
Gigaba spoke out on Friday voicing his concern about the notorious family’s grasp on state-owned entities and their decision-making structures.
“Like all South Africans, I am very worried about them and I think we need to establish fact from allegation”, said Gigaba. “That is why it is important to fully support a judicial commission of inquiry to establish the truth and be able to provide clarity”.
The minister has also been linked to the Gupta family, particularly during his tenure as Minister of Home Affairs where he signed off on a number of questionable dealings, including the facilitation of the family’s naturalisation papers.
Many have seen Gigaba’s recent comments, therefore, as a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown – also loosely under the State Capture banner head for suspected collusion – says the investigations into Singh’s dealings are in the service of transparency at the parastatal.
Singh is the second board member at the power utility to be persecuted for alleged Gupta ties, following the now infamous Brian Molefe saga which spanned several months.
Singh’s investigation is yet to begin.