PARLIAMENT - Parliament should lead a campaign to shame big firms who were collusive in the state capture scandal to pay back money siphoned off South Africa's parastatals, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday.
"Civil cases take a long time. What about moral suasion?" Gordhan asked during a briefing to Parliament's portfolio committee on public enterprises on progress in rehabilitating companies left in financial dire straits by corruption.
He said privately executives from firms that were complicit in irregular deals or covering these up through unscrupulous auditing confided to him that they were "excruciating" about what had transpired.
"Well, excruciating is one thing, paying back the money lost to South Africa is another," the minister said.
He suggested that the legislature was well-placed to make a call to the entities involved to "get them to pay back the money".