Ben Martins File picture: Leon Nicholas/Independent Media

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's committee on public enterprises has called to subpoena Deputy Public Enterprises Minister Ben Martins to provide evidence before the committee. 

Previously the committee invited Martins to provide evidence. Martins then sent a letter stating his presence and testimony was not necessary. 

The committee has now unanimously decided to subpoena Martins. 

Martins name has come up a number of times during the state capture probe.

On Tuesday current acting Eskom chairperson Zethembe Khoza surprised the committee. He claimed that former CEO Tshediso Matona was suspended to face charges.

It has been previously reported in the inquiry by a number of board members that Matona was not suspected of any wrongdoing.

Khoza was unable to provide a proper explanation as to his reasons suspending Matona and moreover Matona was now given reasons for his suspension. 

In weeks of testimony so far, Eskom board members and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown have been forced to concede that the careers of Matona, finance director Tsholofelo Molefe and group capital executive Dan Marokane at the power utility were brought to an abrupt end without basis after they were asked to step aside to allow an inquiry into the company’s troubles. 

Khoza also said the board had been persuaded by then chairman Zola Tsotsi. Tsotsi told the board that these three individuates were going to face charges and needed to be addressed.

Tsotsi, when he was testifying before the inquiry told members that former South African Airways chairwoman Dudu Myeni told him to suspend Matona, Molefe and Marokane. 

-BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE