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Public Protector finds Brown guilty

The Public Protector has found Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown guilty of misleading Parliament.

This takes after the Minister’s inability to disclose if there had been any agreements of engagement amongst Eskom and Gupta-connected, Trillian.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises Natasha Mazzone said in a statement on Thursday the Public Protector’s findings is a follow up to a complaint by her party.

The report has now given President Cyril Ramaphosa 14 days to make a move against the Minister after it found that she violated the Executive Ethics Code.

In response to a DA parliamentary inquiry, Minister Brown denied that there had been an understanding amongst Eskom and Trillian.

In any case, AmaBhungane later established that either Trillian or subsidiary company had, at the time of the reply, already invoiced Eskom for R266 million.

“The complaint has now found Minister Brown guilty of deceiving Parliament and contradicting the Executive Ethics Code,” said Mazzone.

The DA urges President Cyril Ramaphosa to act against the Minister and fire her from his Cabinet.

“On the off chance that the President is focused on building the country, he should expel anybody discovered liable of exploitative conduct from his Cabinet,” said Mazzone.

Mazzone said Minister Brown has acted for far too long with utter impunity.

“It was under her watch that Eskom and our other parastatals were ruined. Her time has arrived the music,”Mazzone said the Public Protector’s finding is a victory for all those who have fought against State Capture.


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