Tsotsi allegations: Minister Brown sticks to her guns

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File: Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has again denied that the Guptas have ever influenced her.

File: Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has again denied that the Guptas have ever influenced her.

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File: Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has again denied that the Guptas have ever influenced her.

File: Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has again denied that the Guptas have ever influenced her.

JOHANNESBURG - The Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown refuted allegations levelled against her by former Eskom board chairperson Zola Tsotsi that she had met and had dealings with the Gupta family.

In a statement released on Friday, Brown maintained that she has never consulted with anyone on her executive functions.

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“I have never consulted with anyone on my executive functions, not Tony Gupta or Salim Essa or anyone else”, she said.

“Why would I hand over functions to anyone else? As far as the board appointments I report to cabinet, and cabinet decides who serves on the boards," she said.

The minister was responding to allegations made by Tsotsi at the Eskom inquiry on November 22. Among these were that Tony Gupta threatened to fire Tsotsi during a meeting. He also revealed how the Guptas influenced the appointment of board members at the parastatal.