Public Enterprises Minister, Lynne Brown

JOHANNESBURG  -  Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says she is fully behind investigations by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) into allegations of corruption levelled against officials in her department.  

Brown's personal assistant, Kim Davids, this week became the latest official to be linked via leaked emails to the Gupta family freebie trips to Dubai. 

The Times reports that Brown's assistant, identified as Kim Davids, visited Dubai in 2015, and her hotel bill of R32,000 was sent to the Guptas for settling. She reportedly stayed at the five-star Oberoi hotel. Davids has since admitted traveling to Dubai, but denies the Guptas paid her bills.

Reacting to the email revelations reported in various media, Brown said: "There are no holy grails. The investigators must do their work".

In a statement released late Tuesday the minister said the public enterprises department has been instructed to assist the Hawks probe by making documents and officials available to the investigation as required. 

Brown, who is on record as calling for further investigation into the Public Protector's State of Capture Report, said: "Proper investigative processes are the only mechanisms that can lift the clouds hanging over state-owned companies".

 African News Agency (ANA)