Meetings with Tony Gupta were not corrupt: Martins

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Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Ben Martins is adamant that any meetings he had with Tony Gupta were not for corrupt intentions.

He was testifying before the Eskom Parliament’s Inquiry into state capture on Wednesday. Martins said he rebuked the Guptas for trying to muscle in on lucrative train tenders following complaints from former PRASA chief executive Lucky Montana.

Meanwhile, the chairperson of the inquiry Zukiswa Rantho says they are not a court of law and cannot act as one.

Rantho says, “We are not a court of law, the approach that we took is to listen to everybody whom we think will give us a clear picture of what is happening at Eskom. We are not putting people on a stand here in saying you are an accused and you are a witness that is going to give evidence against the accused. So I just wanted to clarify is that our approach is to get information from those people implicated and people we think they have information to either clarify the implicated people or to further give evidence against the implicated people. That’s the intention of the committee we are not a court of law and we will never be a court of law.”