South Africa’s former minister of finance has defended his actions before an inquiry into so-called “state capture”.
Malusi Gigaba, who was named home affairs minister in a recent reshuffle, told the inquiry he always “acted in the public interest”.
According to according to local news site Fin24, Gigaba said he acted in pubic interest. Mr Gigaba was one of the few people scheduled to speak at the inquiry, which is probing allegations of mismanagement into state-owned companies, to turn up today.
Lawyers acting for the Gupta brothers – the wealthy Indian-born family who have been accused of using their friendship to wield enormous political influence to aid their business interests – said they would not be attending, as they were out the country.
The Gupta family are linked to several contracts at state-owned companies, BBC reports.
None of them have been seen since police revealed they were seeking the arrest of one of the three brothers, Ajay.
Duduzane Zuma, the son of former president Jacob Zuma, and South Africa Airways (SAA) board chairperson Dudu Myeni also said they would not be attending.
Meanwhile, a South African court has temporarily blocked plans by state-owned power company Eskom to sign 27 renewable energy deals.
Unions asked the court to halt the agreements, saying they would put some 30,000 jobs at risk and push up prices.
Eskom was planning to finalise its deals on Tuesday, to buy green energy from independent producers. That would lead to the closure of coal-fired electricity plants.
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