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#GuptaLeaks: 'Brown should step down to protect her name'

A recent report reveals that the minister's personal assistant, director general (DG) and her romantic partner appear to be connected to the controversial family.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Some political analysts say it's time for Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to clear her name after it emerged that three people close to her have ties to the Guptas.

In the latest reports on the so-called Guptaleaks saga, amaBhungane and Scorpio have revealed that the minister's personal assistant, director general (DG) and her romantic partner appear to be connected to the controversial family.

Brown asked her personal assistant Kim Davids to resign over the allegations last week, but no action has yet been taken against her DG.

Analyst David Monyane says the minister should take action.

“It appears as if she is protecting some people. Whatever the case is there is a need for her to step down just to protect her own name.”

Political commentator Somadoda Fikeni this may have an impact on Brown's reputation.

“These particular emails have further compounded and weakened her situation. [It] does not answer a question as to why is the person resigning and why is there no consistency?”

The Public Enterprises Ministry says it supports the Hawks' investigation into allegations of corruption.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)

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