The former director-general of the department of mineral resources says he unwittingly played a role in the takeover of Eskom coal supplier Optimum colliery by the Gupta family, outmuscling Glencore. Thibedi Ramontja, who had served the department for 19 years, told the commission of inquiry into state capture on Thursday that he had been sidelined by then minister Mosebenzi Zwane and his three advisers, who created a "misty environment" in which he was excluded from key decisions. If you are already a subscriber, please click on the following link to go to the full article: Zwane, Koko ‘planned Optimum’s takeover’ If you would like to subscribe to BusinessLIVE to read the full story, please click here.

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