CAPE TOWN: Busisiwe Mkhwebane said President Cyril Ramaphosa should take action within 14 days against the Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown.
The Republic Mail has reliably been told that the minister will tender her resignation this evening.
“She will be resigning this evening, that one is gone,” said the source who is close to the situation.
In her report Mkhwebane said Brown inadvertently misled Parliament when she said a local consultancy firm linked to business friends of former President Jacob Zuma had no contracts with state power utility Eskom.
“Minister Brown inadvertently misled Parliament in her assertion that there were no other contracts of engagement concluded between Eskom and Trillian,” said Mkhwebane in her report, adding that she breached a ministerial code of ethics.
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However, 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.
Brown’s resignation present Ramaphosa with an opportunity to reshuffle his cabinet, with a focus on those linked to state capture.
Zuma’s business associates include three brothers from the Gupta family who have been accused of using their political connections to win state contracts and influence cabinet appointments. Zuma and the Gupta brothers deny wrongdoing.
Brown’s spokesman, Colin Cruywagen said, – to questions sent to him – “Minister Brown serves at the behest of the President.”