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Brown says she's not trying to muzzle state capture inquiry

The Public Enterprises ministry has been critical of the inquiry, particularly of its evidence leader Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara.

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

CAPE TOWN - Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has told lawmakers probing state capture that she’s not trying to muzzle their inquiry, insisting that she wants a "fair and just" process.

Prior to testifying in the inquiry on Wednesday night, Brown likened the process to a kangaroo court.

Since the start of the probe last month, MPs have heard testimonies from former Eskom officials and whistleblowers who’ve pointed to the influence of the Guptas, or their associates, at the state-owned power utility.

The Public Enterprises ministry has been critical of the inquiry, particularly of its evidence leader Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara.

Last night, Vanara accused the minister of being "obstructionist".

"Asking all of these questions, it would appear, for the sake of asking questions, not for the sake of assisting the committee."

Brown hit back, saying that she had every right to send letters with questions about the inquiry.

"In all three letters that I've written to you, it was letters asking you for clarity. Whatever the issues were, it was asking you for clarity."

The minister believes that the best thing for the country, the economy, Eskom and herself is a comprehensive investigation. That’s why she’s asked the Special Investigating Unit to probe alleged wrongdoing at Eskom.

She also says that a commission of inquiry appears imminent.

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