CAPE TOWN - Former Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi has made some startling revelations against Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown.
Tsotsi has also called out Toni Gupta and close associate Salim Essa.
“There is a clear association between Minister Brown and the Gupta family,” he said.
Tsotsi told members at Parliament’s Eskom Inquiry that Minister Brown invited him to her house after he was named CEO of Eskom in December 2014.
“Tony Gupta and Salim Essa were present,” said Tsotsi.
The meeting related to the board members and how they would be allocated to the different subcommittees.
“Salim Essa would draw up his idea of board allocations up and send it to the minister,” he said.
Democratic Alliance MP Natasha Mazzone asked Tsotsi point blank if Minister Brown was listening to Essa and acting on his advice.
Tsotsi said: “I would not say she took instructions from them, but it seemed to me that I was not able to complete this exercise without the involvement of Mr Essa.
“I got a list and I changed the list on the basis of what I thought it should be. I sent it to the minister to get her concurrence. She changed it back to what it was when she originally sent it."
“My hands were tied.”
Mazonne then asked Tsotsi why the Guptas brother s had that power or control over him.
He states: “When I had the occasion to discuss something with him, and when I was not able to give it to him, he turned around and he said he must report me to Baba (President Jacob Zuma).
“The impression he gave me was that he had a very close relationship with Baba and that he could do anything. I think that was the source of his power.”
Mazonne then asks Tsotsi what exactly did the Guptas want from him. Tsotsi then notes that the brothers asked for three specific things.
He states “In all of them I was not able to assist them,” he said.
Tsotsi said the Gupta brothers were especially interested in supplying gas to OCGTs (Open Cycle Gas Turbine).
They also wanted access to Cape Towns's market.
Tony Gupta wanted Tsotsi assist in the facilitation of this process.
The former Eskom CEO then informed the Guptas that he could not help in this matter as their was a memorandum of understanding between another company, that was already in place.
“He then complained that we were dealing with Baba’s enemy,” said Tsotsi.
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