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Brown asks PA to resign in wake of #GuptaLeaks claims

According to the latest Gupta emails, Brown’s personal assistant, Kim Davids, has been instrumental in making key decisions, including the selection of new board appointments to state-owned enterprises.

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

CAPE TOWN - Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has asked her personal assistant to resign following allegations that she had dealings with the controversial Gupta family.

According to the latest Gupta emails, Brown’s personal assistant, Kim Davids, has been instrumental in making key decisions, including the selection of new board appointments to state-owned enterprises.

In 2015 crucial appointments of officials sympathetic to the Guptas were made with Davids' involvement.

In a statement, the minister says that she asked Davids to resign so as not to compromise the legitimacy of her office.

"This past week I have been confronted by allegations against Ms Davids. In the interest of fairness, I asked Ms Davids to respond to these allegations.

"I was satisfied with her responses but I felt that the continuous allegations against Ms Davids could compromise the legitimacy of my office.

"My decision is not an expression of guilt on the part of Ms Davids. However, it is important that my office is above reproach.

"I want to thank Ms Davids for her service and wish her well," said Minister Brown.

Brown's partner and her director-general have also been implicated in the leaks as reported by amaBhungane and Scorpio investigative units.

Meanwhile, the emails also reveal how the minister's romantic partner Ingrid Tufvesson is a director in a company that has connections with the Gupta family and that Brown's Director-General Richard Seleke's CV was emailed to the president's son, Duduzane Zuma in 2015.