CAPE TOWN - Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown inadvertently misled Parliament when she said a local consultancy firm linked to business friends of former President Jacob Zuma had no contracts with power utility Eskom, the Public Protector said on Thursday.
President Cyril Ramaphosa should take action within 14 days against Brown -- whose department oversees enterprises including Eskom -- said Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
"Minister Brown inadvertently misled Parliament in her assertion that there were no other contracts of engagement concluded between Eskom and Trillian," said Mkhwebane in her report, adding that she breached a ministerial code of ethics.
Brown's spokesman said he would issue a statement later.
This is the latest blow to a senior government official and comes as Ramaphosa is considering a cabinet reshuffle after replacing Zuma, whose rule was marred by a series of scandals.
Zuma's business associates include three brothers from the Gupta family who have been accused of using their political connections to win state contracts and influence cabinet appointments.
Zuma and the Gupta brothers deny wrongdoing.
Ramaphosa replaced Zuma as head of the ANC in December having pledged to fight official corruption.