NPO backs Minister Brown's partner over #GuptaLeaks claims

The Gupta leaks emails have revealed that Tufvesson, who is Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown’s romantic partner, appears to have links to 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 – The Higher Education Transformation Network says it has not come across any evidence that its former chairperson Ingrid Tufvesson is linked to the Gupta family.

The Gupta leaks emails have revealed that Tufvesson, who is Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown’s romantic partner, appears to have links to the controversial family.

The mails show that the minister’s personal assistant, who was asked to resign this week, and her Director-General were also linked to the Guptas.

The Higher Education Transformation Network says that while it cannot comment on the veracity of the Gupta allegations, Tufvesson has served the network with integrity from August 2014 till the end of her term in March this year.

It says Tufvesson’s relationship with Brown was known to the network and the board has not seen any evidence to corroborate any alleged Gupta links.

Meanwhile, Brown’s PA Kim Davids was asked to resign this week after the leaked emails suggested she went to Dubai in December 2015 at the Guptas’ expense and may have been involved in key appointments in favour of the family.

The mails also show that Brown’s Director-General Richard Seleke sent his CV to Duduzane Zuma and was appointed to the position at the request of the Guptas.