19 October 2017

South Africa: Parliament - Minister Zwane and Former Eskom CEO Dames Provide Opposing Takes On State Capture


Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Wednesday made it clear he took exception to facing questions on State Capture, rather than "real issues that affect our people" and his department's "many positives... nobody knows about because we are seized with this (State Capture) matter". He expressed surprised at MPs' invitation as State Capture was before the courts - the legal review of the public protector's commission of inquiry brought by President Jacob Zuma starts next week - and "legal platforms" like the public protector, police and Parliament's registrar of interests. By MARIANNE MERTEN.

Two committee rooms at different ends of the parliamentary precinct - and two very distinct takes on State Capture.

In one room, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane urged MPs that "as honourable members, we should be honourable to deal with facts, not media speculation".

In another room, Parliament's public enterprises committee inched its way into an Eskom State Capture inquiry. There, MPs heard from the power utility's former CEO, Brian Dames, who carefully outlined running interference after a new board was appointed in 2010, and from former Eskom official Ted Blom, now at the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), who did not mince his words: "Third Force...

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