- Several names have been mentioned in the report including government and public figures
- The report released on Wednesday does not necessarily accuse people but names them to appear before the inquiry
- Duduzane Zuma, as well as the Guptas, have been named as some of the people recommended for action to be taken against
After a year of hearings, mismanagement exposures, private abuse of public entities and even a leak of the findings, Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises approved its final report into allegations of state capture at Eskom and Transnet.
This report is destined to be referred to Parliament to be approved by the legislature.
The report raises questions regarding individuals who either didn’t make themselves accessible to the State Capture Inquiry or should be summoned to appear before it.
While the report does not accuse anyone, it does recommend that people who have been implicated in governance failures at public entities offer their version of events at the commission.
One of the people who failed to present themselves to Judge Zondo’s Inquiry is Dudu Myeni, a former South African Airways chair. The inquiry report recommends once again that she should present herself for a testimony of the state of affairs at the national carrier.
The report went on to recommend that former board members, as well as executives at Eskom, should appear before the Inquiry. This is in connection with allegations against them as well as their role in whatever events crippled the power giant.
Zola Tsotsi, Ben Ngubane, Matshela Koko, Zethembe Khoza ( former interim board chair), Brian Molefe ( former CEO), Anoj Singh ( former CFO), Sean Maritz ( former acting CFO) as well as former board members Pathmanathan Naidoo and Devapushpum Naidoo were all Eskom officials that report recommended should appear before the State Capture Inquiry.
As far as private individuals concerned Dudzane Zuma ( son of the former president) was named in the report and the recommendation is that action should be taken against him.
The report also said that action should be taken against Rajesh Gupta, Atul Gupta and Ajay Gupta for failing to attend the inquiry.
Nazeem Howa, a former Oakbay CEO, has raised suspicion over whether or not he held any sway over state-owned companies or officials. The acting CEO of the same company Ronica Ragavan is also named in the report in connection with influence she potentially held.
Ravindra Nath of Tegeta Exploration and Resources is another individual who may have held some sway over Eskom.
Albatime owner Kuben Moodley has also been mentioned in the report who reportedly claimed to have power over contract allocation at state-owned enterprises.
Ashu Chalwa, a Gupta associate, has been named as the potential “fixer”, having been key in obtaining visas for the Guptas and family for their naturalisation process.
Pravin Gordhan had roasted former minister of public enterprises Lynne Brown during committee hearings last year. She has also been mentioned in the report for potentially neglecting her duties in the wake of the State Capture proceedings.
Forme Minister Malusi Gigaba has also been mentioned after indications showed he may have failed to give due oversite during his reign as minister of public enterprises, home affairs and finance over the past eight years.
Mosebenzi Zwane, former mineral resources minister, is mentioned for the approval of a transfer by Tegeta to the Indian Bank of Baroda.
"Tegeta transferred the Koornfontein Trust funds amounting to R280m to the Bank of Baroda in May 2016, and the Optimum Trust funds amounting to R1.47bn in June 2016," the report reads.
The release of the report has left the ball in Parliament’s court to take the findings of the Zondo commission further.
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