Brown asks assistant to resign over Gupta links

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 2, 2017

The Public Enterprises Ministry has refused to answer further questions about Minister Lynne's Brown's decision to ask her personal assistant to resign following the latest Gupta leaks reports that suggest Davids has links to the Gupta family.

Citing AmaBhungane and Scorpio investigative units, EWN on Wednesday reported that Brown's personal assistant, her partner and her director-general have had links with the controversial family. She reportedly stayed at the five-star Oberoi hotel.

Brown says she asked Davids to respond to allegations made against her and although she was satisfied, Brown felt that she couldn't compromise the integrity of her office.

"I want to thank Ms Davids for her service and wish her well", said Brown.

She also appears to have exercised significant sway over the minister.

"The other remaining director in Sores OMS, also appointed on the same day as Tufvesson, is the wife of a Balkan diplomat based in India".

Three people close to Brown are believed to be linked to the Gupta family. The request was forwarded to businessman Tony Gupta.

Seleke was the head of the Free State department of economic development when Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane was MEC.

At the same time, the CV of the minister's director-general Richard Seleke was emailed to President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane in 2015.

Her spokesperson, Colin Cruywagen, last week said the department had been instructed to assist the Hawks' probe into the Gupta emails by making documents and officials available to the investigation as required.

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