Two state-owned enterprises provided a lobby group headed by an arch-opponent of the Treasury with sponsorships of R840,000 for a conference and gala dinner. The Progressive Professionals Forum (PPF) headed by Mzwanele Manyi, who has led the fight against the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Bill and has been strongly critical of the "unilateral" action by banks in closing accounts of the Gupta family, was the beneficiary of the parastatals’ largesse. Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown disclosed in a written reply to a parliamentary question on Tuesday by DA finance spokesman David Maynier that Eskom and Transnet had provided sponsorships of R440,000 and R400,000, respectively, to the forum. The Eskom sponsorship was for the forum’s summit and gala dinners in November 2015 and 2016, while the Transnet sponsorship was also for a conference and gala dinner, but the year is not specified. Eskom insisted that its decision to sponsor the PPF was "strictly considered against o...

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