"South Africa must stop demonising state institutions" #WEFAfrica2017

Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has repeated Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's call for a judicial commission of inquiry into state capture.

Manuel spoke on a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum on Africa, with Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and Cosatu president S'dumo Dlamini.

The former minister says the state capture report contains strong evidence.

He also went on to take a swipe at Eskom.

EWN senior reporter Stephen Grootes was there and reports that Manuel spoke about the importance of the public protector's report.

It found that our SOEs are a nest of corruption as he put it, and then he went on to say that the chairman of Eskom is here and we know and we have seen in the public space how Matshela Koko, the CEO of Eskom, has these claims against him and yet he is not being suspended.

Stephen Grootes, 702 anchor and EWN reporter

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Eskom chairperson Ben Ngubane was in attendance.

Speaking to Grootes on the sidelines of the forum, Ngubane said he was 'a bit disturbed' by Manuel's comments.

I was a bit disturbed by Trevor Manuel attacking us publicly on the issue of the impulse tender. We have strict conflict of interest declaration processes and we have instituted an inquiry, we cannot suspend an official purely from speculation or statements in the press. We have to have a clear case so that it is not 'challengeable' in court or in any commission.

Ben Ngubane, Eskom chairperson

Ngubane responded to Grootes' questions about why Matshela Koko was not suspended, saying he had no knowledge of Koko's lying.

This country was based on robbery and theft. Black people were robbed of their land...just be careful how we categorise black people and black led institutions.

Ben Ngubane, Eskom chairperson

Meanwhile President Jacob Zuma has delivered his official welcoming speech.

Speaking on Africa's growth opportunities, Zuma touched on the mapping of soft borders on the continent.

Also explaining how he feels African leaders need to do more to encourage soft borders, he made the point that Africa's borders were not created by people on this continent, instead, as he put it, by other interests.

Stephen Grootes, 702 anchor and EWN reporter

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