Eskom probe: MPs to call 'critical witness'

The inquiry follows revelations in leaked emails of influence peddling by the Gupta family to score lucrative state contracts.

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CAPE TOWN - Parliament’s inquiry into Eskom will continue on Wednesday morning with lawmakers expected to call a “critical witness” to shed light on alleged wrongdoing at the parastatal.

The Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises began with a presentation from UCT Professor Anton Eberhard on how state entities have been used to benefit a corrupt elite.

It follows revelations in leaked emails of influence peddling by the Gupta family to score lucrative state contracts.

Eberhard told MPs that governance structures at state-owned entities have been weakened over the years, which has seemingly allowed a handful of well-connected people to benefit from lucrative contracts.

He set the scene on the first day of the probe.

“The governance of Eskom is being repurposed to facilitate large-scale rent seeking and corruption by the politically elite and this is the hypothesis that through calling witnesses over the next weeks and months one will have to test.”

Committee chairperson Zukiswa Rantho says next up is a witness whose name is being kept under wraps.

“We will be getting information on the main role players.”

In the interest of protecting whistle-blowers, the witness list is a secret.

The president’s son Duduzane Zuma and members of the Gupta family were on the initial witness list and may be called during the course of the probe.