CAPE TOWN – Church leaders and a lobby group are scheduled to brief Parliament’s Public Enterprises Committee on Tuesday on their analysis of state capture, as lawmakers prepare for an inquiry into the matter.

FILE: South African Council of Churches (SACC) members. Pictures: Clement Manyathela/EWN

FILE: South African Council of Churches (SACC) members. Pictures: Clement Manyathela/EWN

Members of Parliament (MPs) have agreed that their probe into Eskomwill look at how the politically-connected Gupta family did business with the state-owned power utility.

The decision was taken after leaked emails exposed the Gupta family’s network of influence over government.

The Eskom inquiry is expected to start next month with brothers, Atul and Ajay Gupta, and the president’s son Duduzane Zuma on the list of potential witnesses.

But MPs will first hear from the South African Council of Churches and lobby group Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse.

Both organisations have that put together reports on state capture.

The council’s Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana says Parliament must consider better ways of monitoring state-owned entities.

“I think the first thing is to recognise that these things are not isolated. The capture is about the whole system that the country is functioning under, that they need to recognise because they’re MPs.

“But they need also be able to say that there has to be a rethinking of how to supervise state-owned enterprises.”

The Eskom inquiry will also look at Brian Molefe’s sudden reappointment as Eskom CEO, months after he left to be an African National Congress MP.

His appointment has since been rescinded.

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