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.

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

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.