File image: Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown. IOL.

CAPE TOWN - Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown finds herself in hot water once again for allegedly awarding oil tenders from Eskom to people close to her, despite their lack of expertise in the industry. 

This comes after news reports surfaced which alleged that the Minister's romantic partner, Ingrid Tufvesson, the owner of E-Smart Solutions, received two contracts from the power utility worth R1.2 million. 

This follows an earlier controversy of leaked emails which link the Minister to the controversial Gupta family. 

The leaked emails allegedly implicate three members close to Brown, one of them being Tufvesson. 

The R1.2 million worth of contracts to supply oil to Eskom was awarded at a time when Matshela Koko was appointed acting CEO of the power utility. 

Tufvesson has since denied claims of earning any money from these contracts and has said that she has resigned from the company. 

Added to these claims is that the Minister has allegedly protected Koko, who was recently suspended. 

Koko is due to face a disciplinary hearing on Monday morning for allegedly awarding a contract to his stepdaughter. 

In addition, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has laid criminal charges against suspended Koko for irregularities, corruption, and fraud. 

These charges are related to Koko's alleged misconduct as an Eskom executive and his alleged ties with the Gupta family. 

Koko was accused of using his position at Eskom to help the Guptas to buy Optimum Coal Holdings and its Optimum and Koornfontein coal mines from Glencore. 

This is believed to have been done by helping put those businesses under financial pressure to force the sale to the Guptas and helping fund the Guptas’ purchase.

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- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE