'We will take it up with crime authorities if they do not appear'

Parliament's Public Enterprises' committee says it will approach crime authorities if the Gupta brothers, Duduzane Zuma and Dudu Myeni do not appear before the parliamentary inquiry into Eskom.

The group were due to appear before the committee on Tuesday.

READ: Eskom inquiry set to subpoena Guptas and Duduzane Zuma

Lawyers representing the Guptas apparently told the chairperson of The Public Enterprises Committee, Zukiswa Rantho, that the brothers will not appear at the Eskom Inquiry as they are currently out of the country.

They are among the last of the witnesses the Public Enterprises' committee wants to hear from before it wraps up its probe into the parastatal.

We have not sat down yet with the legal team but I think we need to take it to the speaker, the speaker will advise how to take it forward.

Zukiswa Rantho , Chairperson of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Eskom

There are a lot of reasons his [Duduzane Zuma] lawyers have sent by letter, among the reasons is the fact that we did not give them enough information or transcripts of the inquiry.

Zukiswa Rantho , Chairperson of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Eskom

Meanwhile, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba gave his testimony before the committee.

ALSO READ: Gigaba denies any hand in state owned enterprise corruption

Financial Mail Deputy Editor, Sikonathi Mantshantsha spoke to Karima about Gigaba's and how he the authorised Eskom to go ahead with the New Age breakfast, a newspaper at the time owned by the Guptas.

That newspaper was started with Eskom's money, Transnet's money, SABC's money. There had been a three year contract that had been put in place. All of this only happened when Malusi Gigaba came in in November 2010 as the public enterprises minister, which necessitated the dismissal by Jacob Zuma, of Barbara Hogan.

Sikonathi Mantshantsha, Financial Mail Deputy Editor

If Eskom had a need for a media partner, it had to let media organisations compete for its business, but it gave it on a platter to the New Age after Mr Gigaba became public enterprises minister.

Sikonathi Mantshantsha, Financial Mail Deputy Editor

Then you had dozens of contracts with Eskom, to supply coal by Gupta companies. Many of those contracts where the coal was deemed unusable, you had people fired because they were refusing to do this. All of this happened under the watchful eye of Malusi Gigaba as the minister.

Sikonathi Mantshantsha, Financial Mail Deputy Editor

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