Mokonyane: I’m not obsessing about Gupta-links
Speaking in Parliament, Minister of Water didn’t directly answer the question as to whether her department had contracts with companies linked to the Guptas.
CAPE TOWN – Water and Sanitation Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says she’s more obsessed with ending the dominance of a few big companies in the water sector than whether her department has any contracts with companies linked to the Guptas.
Mokonyane was asked the question during a briefing ahead of her budget vote at Parliament on Friday.
“Gupta-linked company – I’m not obsessed with that…”
Mokonyane didn’t directly answer the question whether her department has contracts with companies linked to the Gupta family.
“What I think I am much more obsessed with, it’s these companies that have had contracts that have been in the water sector for a period of more than 20 years.”
Mokonyane says seven big construction companies have dominated the sector – some since the Second World War ended in a closed arrangement that in some cases had resulted in massive cost escalations.
“How do you define the Gupta-linked companies? But I am more worried about those that have been here over time”.
The minister says nobody’s made any noise about the big seven companies.