Opposition parties were united in their objections to the vote on the Department of Public Enterprises’s budget in the National Assembly on Thursday, saying that captured state-owned enterprises (SOEs) had become the means for the looting of public assets. The DA called for a division on the vote, which was adopted by 210 votes in favour and 103 against. Over the past few weeks, leaked e-mails have highlighted the extent of the penetration by the Gupta family and its associates into the state-owned sector of the economy. The DA’s public enterprises spokesperson Natasha Mazzone noted the daily reports of Gupta-associated companies getting tenders from state-owned companies. "As the web of state capture continues to unravel so will the stranglehold that the Gupta family has over the Department of Public Enterprises." IFP MP Narend Singh noted that Eskom had become the poster child of mismanagement and incompetence. "Its management smiles while they tell you how profitable the entity i...

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