A few hours after embattled Ben Ngubane tendered his resignation letter to Public Enterprise Minister Lynne Brown, he spotted sitting on the couch of Gupta-owned media ANN7, going through a whole lots of things.
Ngubane abruptly resigned from the Eskom board on Monday amid a slew of corruption allegations mounting against him. He was also named twice in leaked Gupta email and is said to be part of the team that ruined Eskom.
It was during the interview that he claimed that axed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan gave former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela R5 million to fast-track her state capture report.
Madonsela was labeled a puppet of the whites by most people in the ANC, ANCYL, BLF, and others. Her critics believe she was funded by the whites to fight black people using her position at the time.
They argued that Thuli barely investigates white people, despite their wrongdoings. But Thuli has always shoved off this sentiment, denying favoring or working for white people like Johann Rupert.
BLF leader Andile Mngixitama, particularly believes that Madonsela is Rupert’s puppet and that both work together against President Jacob Zuma-led administration.
Back to Ngubane, the former Eskom board chairperson told the ANN7 in the television interview that after Madonsela requested for an additional fund to help her finalize the report, Gordhan, who was Finance Minister at the time, gave her R5 million.
“Pravin Gordhan paid Thuli Madonsela five million to fast-track the release of the public protector’s report on state capture.
Ngubane told ANN7:
“It was in the dying days of Thuli Madonsela’s contract as public protector. That is why we were not even given a chance or a hearing. Our documents we submitted were never studied.
That’s why the report was hastily produced, without findings, mind you, but only remedial action requiring a judicial commission.”
He maintained that Gordhan still owes the country an explanation on why he gave Madonsela the money, saying the inadequate and unfair had left Brian Molefe absolutely devastated.
Prior to his resignation, Ben Ngubane allegedly halted the exhaustive and damning PricewaterhouseCoopers investigations for almost a year. The investigation into contraventions of government’s supply chain management with regard to the awarding of the contract to Tegeta in 2015 was commissioned by Eskom.
Watch: Ngubane Claims Gordhan Gave Madonsela R5m