Why ask PA & not DG to resign, Minister Brown?

Brown asked her PA Kim Davids to resign over the allegations on Tuesday but no action has been taken against her DG Richard Seleke.

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 - Questions are being asked about why Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown requested her PA to resign but not her Director General (DG) over allegations of links to the Guptas.

In the latest reports on the so-called Gupta leaks saga, amaBhungane and Scorpio have revealed that three people close to the Minister appear to be connected to the controversial family, including her romantic partner.

Brown asked her PA Kim Davids to resign over the allegations on Tuesday but no action has been taken against her DG Richard Seleke.

The Minister has refused to give further details about why she asked Davids to resign, despite saying she was satisfied with her former PA's response to the allegations against her.

Brown says while her decision is not an expression of guilt on the part of Davids, she couldn't compromise the legitimacy of her office.

The leaked emails suggest that Davids went to Dubai in December 2015 at the expense of the Guptas.

amaBhungane and Scorpio also suggest she may have been involved in several key appointments in favour of the family.

The mails show that Seleke sent his CV to Duduzane Zuma and was appointed to the position at the request of the Guptas.

No action has been taken against Seleke but the Minister's office says she supports the Hawks' investigation into allegations of corruption.

(Edited by Winnie Thelestane)