Brown responds to damning finding: 'It wasn't me‚ it was Singh'
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has reiterated that she was not responsible for misleading parliament after a damning finding by the public protector.
Brown pointed the finger at axed Eskom chief financial officer Anoj Singh for supplying her with incorrect information‚ which she passed on to Parliament.
The ruling followed a complaint by DA MP Natasha Mazzone about Brown's response to a parliamentary question. The question related to a contract between Eskom and Gupta-linked consulting firm Trillian. Brown had told Parliament that no such agreement existed but that was later disproved.
The public protector has instructed President Cyril Ramaphosa to take action against Brown after she was found to be in contravention of her code of office.
Brown had previously admitted to the inaccuracy and said that she had been acting on advice from Eskom officials. Below is the full statement from Brown's office in response to the public protector report.
MinBrown has noted the finding of the PP that she inadvertently violated the Executive Code of Ethics after being misled by Eskom.— DPE_ZA (@DPE_ZA) February 22, 2018
When I became aware that senior Eskom officials deliberately misled me, I immediately informed Parliament’s Ethics Comm and the PP of the false info. pic.twitter.com/hcQLyGymc5