'There is no intention by Minister Gigaba to duck Eskom inquiry'

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has asked for more time to prepare for his appearance before the parliamentary inquiry into Eskom.

Gigaba was scheduled to appear this week, to account for corporate governance failures, and contracts that were given to Gupta-related companies at Eskom during his tenure as public enterprises minister.

He has written to the oversight committee asking for “specificity” on the matters he is expected to account for.

Karima Brown spoke to his spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete on the Karima Brown Show.

The minister was quite public about his intention to partake in any platform that wants to publicly or privately scrutinise any of the things that happened within his tenure.

Mayihlome Tshwete, spokesperson for the Home Affairs ministry

I think the issue we had here is the minister did not want to go there basically blank and have to say things like I will have to revert back to you. What he asked for was specific areas of engagement so that he could get the necessary information. There is no intention by the minister to duck at all.

Mayihlome Tshwete, spokesperson for the Home Affairs ministry

Parliamentary Spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says there about five areas the minister will have to respond to and that the information has been provided.

Corporate governance practices at Eskom during his tenure, appointment of board members and executives, procurement irregularities, contracts that were given to Gupta related companies during his term as minister and allegations of undue influence in Eskom.

Moloto Mothapo, Parliamentary Spokesperson

So that information has been provided to him and the minister then came back to the committee chairperson asking for an extension of ten days to enable him to prepare accordingly and properly.

Moloto Mothapo, Parliamentary Spokesperson

There is nothing that really before Parliament at the moment that suggest that the minister is not willing to cooperate. The request that he has made will be tabled before the meeting of the committee on Wednesday so that it will be the one to make a decision.

Moloto Mothapo, Parliamentary Spokesperson

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