Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, while he was public enterprises minister, and his successor, Lynne Brown, peppered state-owned companies with Gupta family associates, leaked e-mails show. The e-mails have trained the spotlight on Gigaba’s role — whether witting or unwitting — in the capture of the state during his tenure at the Department of Public Enterprises. They also appear to add credence to a report by the Public Affairs Research Institute (Pari), released before the e-mail leaks, that painted Gigaba as a central player in state capture. Gigaba dismissed the claims and declined to comment. “Since January, minister Brown has repeatedly called for further investigation of allegations raised in the State of Capture report to spare state-owned companies further reputational damage. Recent pronouncements on this matter by the ruling party, the president and the Hawks will come as a great relief to state-owned companies,” said Brown’s spokesman, Colin Cruywagen. Koffi Kouakou of the...

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