Deputy editor at the Financial Mail, Sikonathi Mantshantsha. together with a Senior investigative journalist at the Sunday Times Sabelo Skiti have both been at the forefront of unraveling and bringing to light how South Africa has been captured.
Mantshantsha has been working very closely uncovering how state owned power utility, Eskom got embroiled in looting and corruption.
On Friday 15 September, Public Enterprises minister, Lynne Brown gave the Eskom board, what Mantshantsha calls an 'umpteenth deadline' to explain their links to Gupta-linked Trillian. I'm sure she's stopped believing herself now says Mantshantsha.
Mantshantsha explains that the board was appointed on 23 June by Brown, to loot and mess up the power utility even further. He says the minister had already received a detailed report on 1 September with all the evidence she demanded and is now surprised that Brown is seeking an additional one.
Lynne Brown is trying to deflect attention and employing delay tactics - which she has been doing for the past four years since she became minister of public enterprises.— Sikonathi Mantshantsha, Deputy Editor at Financial Mail
She's been complicit and has admitted in the past to have instructed and agreed with the Eskom board, led by Ben Ngubane at the time, to hide all evidence contained in the Dentons report. Now she wants to act holier than thou.— Sikonathi Mantshantsha, Deputy Editor at Financial Mail
If we had any law enforcement in this country, Lynne Brown, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, Zethembe Khoza, interim board chair at Eskom and former Eskom board chairman Ben Ngubane would be trying very hard to avoid going to jail.
Skiti believes Brown is incompetent but is determined to protect suspended Eskom chief financial officer Anoj Singh at all costs.
Take a listen to the full discussion in the clip below:
This article first appeared on 702 : Rotten apples and root of corruption at Eskom revealed