Manyi Says No Wrong In Asking Guptas For Jobs
Following recently leaked email which revealed how the Guptas were in constant contact with some government officials, Mzwanele Manyi has admitted the fact that he contacted the family for jobs.
Speaking in reply to the allegation, Manyi who is the president of the Progressive Professional’s ForumMzwanele said he’s sees nothing wrong with helping people get jobs.
Manyi was also a former government spokesperson. He responded to weekend reports that he approached the Gupta family seeking positions at a state-owned-entities for himself and attorney Xoliswa Mpongoshe.
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The Sunday Times and City Press also revealed how the Guptas were in direct communication with government ministers.
“Did I get a CV from Xoliswa? Without a doubt, yes I did. Did I try to assist her to into various boards and so on? Yes, I did do that, and I do that for many other people.” Mayi said.
On the other hand, Eskom CEO Brian Molefe refuted claims of having any contract negotiations with the Indian family’s Tegeta.
Replying questings asked by theParliament’ Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa), the Eskom CEO said he only took office at the power utility a month after the contract for the Brakfontein colliery was signed in 2015.
Scopa is probing Eskom’s non-compliance issues related to its coal contracts and as highlighted by a PricewaterhouseCoopers report commissioned by the power utility.
Insisting that he was never involved in the contract award to the Guptas, Molefe said he only joined Eskom after the Tegeta deal was concluded and so he could not be accused of giving the company preferential treatment
He told the committee that Eskom has never had a culture of competitive bidding when it comes entering into coal contracts and that the current board has changed its approach to coal procurement.
“Eskom has never had a culture of competitive bidding. And those companies, that happen to be white-owned acquired their business with Eskom. Over the last five years, there were no competitive bids” he said.
Meanwhile, ANCYL’s Collen Main reacted to the leaked email, saying it’s an “utter rubbish”.
“I don’t have a formal relationship with the Gupta family. I don’t have a relationship with the Gupta family.” was Maine’s response to the leaked mail which also revealed his link with the family.
According to the City Press, the emails reveal how Nazeem Howa, a former Oakbay CEO, helped ANC Youth League President Collen Maine with notes on dealing with the media.the controversial family lured senior government officials to take over departments and state-owned entities.
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Maine denied having a relationship with the family and when asked about claims surrounding the president, Maine said:”President Zuma will have to respond for himself.”
At the same time, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has referred the Tegeta coal deal and all Eskom procurement from 2007 onwards to the Special Investigating Unit.