Inquiry into Eskom to start next month
THE embattled power utility Eskom faces more woes in Parliament after the committee exercising oversight over its function agreed to call in Duduzane Zuma and the Guptas over their business dealings.
Acting chairperson of the portfolio committee on public enterprises Zukiswa Rantho said today there were more questions they have for Eskom.
She said in the last few months since the committee agreed to call Duduzane Zuma and the Guptas they have received more information on Eskom.
“We really want to look at Eskom. There are too many things that are coming out of Eskom,” said Rantho.
However, she did not get into details on the information they were receiving on the power utility.
She said they would start with the inquiry into Eskom next month.
There were no dates set yet for the inquiry because they are still sifting through the mountain of information they have.
Rantho confirmed that Duduzane Zuma and the Guptas would be called to give evidence during the inquiry.
The investigation by the portfolio committee into Eskom is part of several probes by committees in Parliament.
But the public enterprises committee was the first committee to initiate an investigation into state capture.
It was followed by other portfolio committees on transport, energy and home affairs.
This was part of the decision by House chairperson Cedric Frolick that these committees investigate state capture.
Opposition parties failed in their attempt to get an ad hoc committee to conduct a single comprehensive inquiry into state capture.
President Jacob Zuma has also questioned multiple investigations into state capture saying a commission of inquiry will be better suited to conduct the investigation.
Zuma said he will appoint the commission as soon as possible and he fully supported such an inquiry.
The ANC also endorsed the commission of inquiry into state capture during its policy conference in Nasrec, Joburg, three weeks ago.
The issue of state capture has been in the public domain for several months now since the release of the State of Capture report by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.
The leaked emails have also revealed more information on state capture widening calls for Zuma to go and a full-scale investigation and prosecution of those implicated.
Last week Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said he did not support a court action by civil society organisations for him to appoint a commission of inquiry into state capture because Zuma was implicated.
He said such authority lay with the President as directed by the Constitution.
Civil society groups want him and not Zuma to appoint the commission.