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Brown: I didn't know Eskom was lying about Trillian

It emerged on Monday that Eskom lied when it said that the more than R1 billion it paid to the Gupta-linked firm was above board.

FILE: Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says that she didn’t know that Eskom was lying about its relationship with Trillian Capital Holdings.

She’s given the parastatal until the close of business on Thursday to come clean.

It emerged on Monday that Eskom lied when it said that the more than R1 billion it paid to the Gupta-linked firm was above board.

Minister Brown was before Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on Wednesday morning where SA Express is explaining its irregular, wasteful and fruitless expenditure.

But it was the Trillian matter that journalists wanted to know about as Brown was leaving the meeting.

Brown, however, was monosyllabic.

When asked whether she knew about the lies, Brown responded with a "No."

Asked what steps she planned to take if Eskom did not provide her with an explanation, Brown had this to say: "Well, I expect them to make the deadline."

She says she hasn’t yet decided whether to make the Eskom report public.

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