An exclusive story by AmaBhungane presents new evidence that Eskom lent a helping hand to the Guptas when acquiring Optimum Coal Holdings in a transaction valued at R2.15-billion.
According to Sam Sole, senior Investigative Journalist at AmaBhungane, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown was not being honest when she denied rumours of a lucrative pipeline of contracts between Eskom and Trillian Capital Partners.
According to a report by AmaBhungane, Trillian, a company owned by Gupta lieutenant Salim Essa, had previously been accused of receiving big payouts from state owned companies despite having no formal contracts and performing little or no work.
AmaBhungane established that Trillian or its subsidiary companies invoiced Eskom for R266-million and within days of Brown’s statement in parliament denying any concluded contracts between Trillian and Eskom, Trillian invoiced Eskom for another R153-million.
Lynne Brown presents herself as reasonable and sensible and the person who is going to clean up the public enterprises but it is more and more emerging that she is actually a pawn in this game.— Sam Sole, senior Investigative Journalist at amaBhungane
She presided in a lot of restructuring in state owned enterprises which saw the people connected to the Guptas flooding in.— Sam Sole, senior Investigative Journalist at amaBhungane
I really do think she has a lot to answer...— Sam Sole, senior Investigative Journalist at amaBhungane
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