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Parly to get tough on Brown over refusal to brief committee on Molefe

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is to be approached over Minister Lynne Brown’s refusal to brief a parliamentary committee on Brian Molefe’s reappointment as Eskom CEO.

FILE: Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

PARLIAMENT - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is to be approached over Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown’s refusal to brief a parliamentary committee on Brian Molefe’s controversial reappointment as Eskom CEO.

On Wednesday, Parliament’s Public Enterprises Committee called Brown, Eskom officials and its board for a briefing on Friday to hear all sides of the issue.

But the committee was informed that as Brown would have to appear in court on the matter, the sub-judice rule prevented her from briefing the committee.

Party whips have had sight of a legal opinion by a parliamentary law advisor which says nothing stops Brown from briefing the oversight committee.

The Democratic Alliance’s Mike Waters says: “The minister can’t use the sub-judice rule to get out of being accountable.”

The United Democratic Movement’s Nqabayomzi Kwankwa says: “You can’t have an executive that treats Parliament with disdain and arrogantly.”

African National Congress deputy chief whip Doris Dlakude told the National Assembly’s programming committee meeting on Thursday morning, that the issue is being taken up with Ramaphosa, who is leader of government business.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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