Parliament announced on Monday that the inquiry into the mismanagement of funds at state power utility Eskom will not sit this week, but would resume the following week.
In a statement, Parliament said the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises would deliberate on the work it has conducted so far on Wednesday, November 29.
It would then hear testimony from witnesses between December 5 and 8.
Members of Parliament said the committee wanted to give witnesses, among them the Gupta brothers, a fair amount of time to prepare before appearing before the inquiry.
It has so far heard from Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, three former Eskom CEO’s — Brian Dames, Tshediso Matona and Brian Molefe, former board chairman Zola Tsotsi, the company’s head of legal, Suzanne Daniels, other board members and whistleblowers.
Tsotsi last week implicated President Jacob Zuma and his ally, former South African Airways board chairwoman Dudu Myeni, in interference in affairs at the state-owned power utility.
Tsotsi, testifying in the parliamentary inquiry into allegations of state capture at Eskom, explained that following the appointment of new board members in 2015, some disturbing events involving Brown, Zuma, Myeni and one of the Gupta brothers, had unfolded.
Brown has denied any wrongdoing on her part, and accused suspended Eskom chief financial officer Anoj Singh of lying to cover up irregular payments.
The committee has invited Ajay, Atul and Tony Gupta, the family at the centre of allegations of state capture that have shaken the country for more than a year, as well as Zuma’s son Duduzane, their business partner in Tegeta Exploration, to testify before it.
If they refuse, the committee is likely to summon them to appear.
Witnesses have testified how Eskom took an 11th hour decision to pay some R600 million in advance for coal from the Optimum mine to enable Tegeta to buy it after it failed to raise the money from banks.
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