#GuptaLeaks: Brown's PA instrumental in key SOE appointments

AmaBhungane and Scorpio investigative units are reporting on how Brown's personal assistant, her partner and her Director-General have had links with the controversial family.

FILE: Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown briefs the media on the state of Eskom at their offices in Woodmead. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - It’s been claimed on Wednesday morning, through the latest Gupta leaks, that three people close to Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown had dealings with the controversial family or those close to them.

AmaBhungane and Scorpio investigative units are reporting on how Brown's personal assistant, her partner and her Director-General have had links with the controversial family.

This has reinforced questions about the minister's perceived inability or failure to act against the Guptas' key enablers.

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.

It’s also been claimed that two years ago, she asked Gupta associate, Salim Essa, to sponsor a software training course in India for her husband-to-be. The request was forwarded businessman Tony Gupta. Davids has denied the allegations against her.

Meanwhile, the leaks have detailed how Minister Brown’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 President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane, in 2015.

Seleke is a former head of the Free State Department of Economic Development while Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane was MEC. Both took up new, senior positions in that same year.

Minister Brown’s office would not be drawn on the latest allegations, other than to say she’s on record supporting the Hawks' investigation into state capture.