Treasury welcomes minister’s call on Eskom probe

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown called for the Eskom probe to be dealt with inter-departmentally.

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

JOHANNESBURG - National Treasury says it welcomes Public Enterprise Minister Lynne Brown's call for the Eskom investigation to be dealt with inter-departmentally.

It follows Treasury's statement this week that its attempts to review Eskom's coal contracts have met resistance despite the fact Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has escalated the request for information about the contracts to the utility's chair Ben Ngubane.

Brown says she instructed the state utility to deliver the documents so that Treasury can complete its review of the contract, after allegations surfaced that the coal was of sub-standard quality and that money was paid to the Gupta-owned company, Tegeta, in advance.

She also insisted that there's no proof of these allegations and the matter can be dealt with between her department and Treasury.

"We should meet and we should talk through how best we resolve some of these matters that become a huge matter in the public space. I really think this is stuff we can resolve between ourselves."

National Treasury welcomed this, saying it would report back on the issue in as far as the matter is of public interest.