Brown: I have never consulted with Guptas or associates

The Public Enterprises Minister's denial comes just hours after former Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi claimed she’s clearly associated with the Guptas.

FILE: Lynne Brown. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has sharply denied consulting with Tony Gupta or Salim Essa on any of her ministerial functions.

Her denial comes just hours after former Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi claimed she’s clearly associated with the Guptas.

Brown has been given a chance to respond to allegations implicating her in state capture.

She's begun testifying in the parliamentary inquiry probing grand corruption at the state-owned power utility on Wednesday afternoon.

In her opening remarks, Brown told lawmakers she wants to use the opportunity to respond to Tsotsi’s allegations about her links to the Guptas.

Earlier, Tsotsi testified that he met with Tony Gupta and Salim Essa at the minister’s home in late 2014.

He claimed Essa wanted to choose the board members who would serve on various sub-committees, and had given him a list with names to give to the minister.

But Brown denies being influenced by Essa or the Guptas.

“I never consulted with anyone on my executive functions, not Tony Gupta or Essa.”

Brown is expected to be quizzed for several hours about a range of issues, including Trillian’s relationship with Eskom and Brian Molefe’s pension package.

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