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18 Oct 2017
12:19 pm

Former Eskom CEO says Gigaba’s adviser told him to meet a Gupta brother


The former Eskom CEO says he was pressed to give coal contracts to the Gupta family.

Then Eskom CEO, Brian Dames, addresses a media briefing detailing the contents of the organisation's application for a tarrif increase, Sunninghill, 22 October 2012. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Former Eskom CEO Brian Dames on Wednesday told a parliamentary inquiry that he was introduced to one of the Gupta brothers by an adviser to Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba.

During the meeting, he was pressed to give coal contracts to the Gupta family, Dames said.

“I was asked to meet with them by a ministerial adviser,” Dames told the inquiry in response to a question from Democratic Alliance MP Natasha Mazzone.

The chairperson of the portfolio committee on public enterprises, Zukiswa Rantho, asked him to be more specific and name the minister as well as his adviser.

“It was an adviser to Minister Gigaba, I think his name was Siyabonga Mahlangu,” he replied.

“He arranged a meeting where I was present. It was a very strange meeting.”

Dames said somebody he “assumed was one of the Gupta brothers” made three requests during the meeting, after telling him: “We think we can work with you.”

He said his response was to inform Mahlangu that he would not entertain a meeting of this kind.

“I said: ‘You will not bring those people to me again.’”

Dames served as Eskom CEO from 2010 to 2014. Gigaba was public enterprises minister during this time.