Parliament has taken a hug step to bring the alleged capture of the state to an end.

Parliament wants Ajay Gupta, Atul Gupta, and Duduzane Zuma, listed as witnesses in a coming parliamentary inquiry.

The inquiry is to probe state capture and potentially the leaked emails.

The National Assembly’s public enterprises committee met yesterday to discuss terms of reference and potential witnesses to testify before its parliamentary inquiry, starting on August 1.

Attorney for the Gupta brothers Gert van der Merwe said:

“Our attitude has always been that we will co-operate if there is a fair opportunity of presenting their version. My thinking has been that it would be more under the circumstances of a judicial inquiry.

“If we are summoned to appear I will advise them. One wouldn’t necessarily advise one’s client to go into an ambush,” he said.

Also on the list to be called are former Eskom senior executives including Tshediso Matona, Brian Molefe, Matshela Koko and Collins Matjila and former board chairman Ben Ngubane and Zola Tsotsi.

Rantho said in the interests of time the inquiry would look into Molefe’s reappointment as group chief executive as well as issues of procurement at Eskom within the context of state-capture allegations.

Among the matters the committee will investigate are:

  •  The response by Eskom to the public protector’s State of Capture report, focusing on its findings about Molefe;
  •  Molefe’s reappointment and how his retirement package was determined; and
  •  Eskom’s compliance with legislation including the Companies Act, the Public Finance Management Act and the Pension Funds Act.