The Eskom board was asked to approve the multimillion-rand prepayment to the then Gupta-owned Tegeta Resources even though the value was below the board’s delegation of authority, a former board member told Business Day. In an interview with the Tiso Blackstar group Viroshini Naidoo broke down as she spoke about the hurt that news reports about the politically connected Gupta family had caused her. She denied being a "Gupta link" and spoke out strongly against state capture allegations levelled against her. Naidoo said her life had been difficult since allegations emerged that she, as a member of the Eskom board, had signed off on deals that ultimately benefited the Gupta family. Naidoo agreed to the interview with the group to settle a Press Ombudsman complaint about a report on June 7 in the Times ("Jobs for Gupta pals: the Gigaba-Brown link revealed"), which centred on appointments to the boards of state-owned entities Transnet and Eskom. Since then, new information has emerged s...

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