Ajay Gupta said at a meeting in Johannesburg in July 2017 that the problems with the suspension of Brian Molefe as CEO of Eskom “will be easier to handle if Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has the power”.
Suzanne Daniels, Eskom’s chief legal officer before she was suspended, testified before the commission yesterday.
She said she was asked by Gupta partner Salim Essa to meet them at a hotel in Melrose Arch. They walked from there to a nearby apartment complex.
The curtains of the apartment were drawn and it was dusk in the living room where Ajay Gupta, Duduzane Zuma and former Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises Ben Martins sat.
She was asked to explain what was going on with the Molefe issue.
“I said we were going to speak to the deputy judge-president about the handling of the case.”
She testified that Gupta “generally” commented on it.
“He said they should get someone in the office of the deputy judge president. It was a shocking remark.
“Then he said the matter would be easier when Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma gets the power,” according to Daniels.
It was about six months before the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) asked Zuma to resign, otherwise a motion of no confidence in him would be introduced in parliament.
“I thought the man was sitting here and thought the land belonged to him.”
She also testified that Essa apparently suggested to Lynne Brown, then Minister of Public Enterprises, who should be appointed as the Director-General of Public Enterprises.