'Commission of inquiry only way to address state capture allegations'

Lynne Brown says MPs should be briefed by Eskom and given a copy of the controversial Dentons report into mismanagement at the power utility.

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

CAPE TOWN – Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says a commission of inquiry is the only way to get to the bottom of State Capture allegations.

President Jacob Zuma is taking former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture report on review.

In her report, Madonsela recommended that a judicial commission of inquiry investigate further.

Brown was briefing Parliament’s Public Enterprises Committee on the performance of the six parastatals that fall under her department, including Eskom, Transnet, Denel and SA Express.

The minister has told Members of Parliament (MPs) that while it is Zuma’s prerogative, she believes there should be a full investigation into the allegations of state capture contained in Madonsela’s report.

Brown says when the report was released in October she wrote to board members at the state-owned companies she’s responsible for telling them to check for possible conflicts of interests.

“And in the process, I actually had four people who resigned from Eskom. So it’s not as if I’m sitting and twiddling my thumbs while Rome is burning”

Brown says MPs should be briefed by Eskom and given a copy of the controversial Dentons report into mismanagement at the power utility.

She says most of the problems identified in the report have been addressed.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)