DA: Brown can't claim to be oblivious to capture of SOEs

The DA laid fraud, collusion and racketeering charges against global consultancy firm McKinsey for its alleged role in deals between Eskom and Gupta-linked advisory company, Trillian.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown can no longer claim to be oblivious to what’s happening in state-owned enterprises under her ministry.

The party on Tuesday laid fraud, collusion and racketeering charges against global consultancy firm McKinsey for its alleged role in deals between Eskom and Gupta-linked advisory company, Trillian.

Leaked emails show McKinsey was warned by its South African employees that the transactions were not above board.

Brown initially told Parliament that no money had changed hands between the parties, but Eskom later admitted to paying Trillian half a billion rand in consultancy fees, McKinsey meanwhile raked in R900 million.

The DA’s Natasha Mazzone says: “The more action we have going against a particular goal the better. I think it’s important that we lay criminal charges. I am quite pleased with the actions taken with criminal charges laid in the past.”

In a statement, the opposition party says it will not stand by as people abuse their positions of power for their own selfish gain and to the detriment of South Africans.

“By laying these charges, we have kicked off the process of ensuring that these allegations are first, fully investigated and second, that if there is a case to answer, that McKinsey is held accountable to the full extent of the law.

“State capture has crept into almost every corner of our country and we cannot allow it to continue with impunity. There must be consequences for selling off contracts, state institutions and even ministerial positions.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)