Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has removed alleged Gupta associate Chwayita Mabude from the board of directors of Eskom. Brown appointed four additional members to the utility’s board on Friday, in an attempt to strengthen a severely emaciated board that had been rocked by allegations of corruption and corporate governance missteps. In what seems to be a cleanup of Gupta deployees from SA’s largest and most strategic state-owned company, Brown removed Mabude from the board on which she has sat since June 2011, making her the longest serving member of Eskom’s board. Mabude, with a background in finance, is alleged to have contacts and relationships with the controversial Gupta family, and is the only member who was not been reappointed on Friday. This is Mabude’s second dismissal from the board of a key state-owned company this year. On February 20, former transport minister Dipuo Peters fired Mabude, along with three other directors, form the board of the Airports Company S...

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