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Brown’s Eskom probe to be ‘broader than State of Capture report’

The minister she wants the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to look at reports from 7 investigations into alleged maladministration and corruption at the power utility.

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown. Picture: Gaye Davis/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says the investigation she’s launching into allegations of wrongdoing at Eskom is not intended to take the place of the inquiry called for by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in her State of Capture report.

Brown announced on Thursday that she wants the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to look at reports from seven investigations into alleged maladministration and corruption at the power utility, carried out since 2007 and to investigate further if necessary.

She says Eskom’s reputation has been severely damaged by the allegations, while no one named in any of the reports has yet been prosecuted or convicted

Brown says her investigation will be broader than the state capture allegations detailed in Madonsela’s report released last year.

“Am I doing an alternative to the State of Capture report? No. It will be much broader. It will include the coal contracts; it will include a number of issues. This is not intended to be in place of an investigation into the State Of Capture (report) – it will include the issues raised there in the State of Capture report)…”

Brown says the allegations and counter-allegations need to be cleared up as soon as possible for the sake of Eskom and individuals named in the reports.

She wants a retired judge to consider the SIU’s findings and recommend further action.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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