Koko And Singh To Appear Before Inquiry

Former Eskom executive Matshela Koko during a media briefing about the state of affairs at Eskom on 15 January 2015 in Johannesburg. PICTURE: Mail Images

The inquiry into the extent of state capture at Eskom is set to resume on January 23, according to a statement issued by the Chairperson of the Inquiry, Zukiswa Rantho on Wednesday.

According to the statement, “[t]”he Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises will next week (23 and 24 January) continue its inquiry on Eskom into the mismanagement of state funds in state-owned enterprises.”

The committee is investigating findings regarding Eskom contained in former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture report released in 2016 as well as allegations contained in the #GuptaLeaks documents.

Suspended Eskom CFO, Mr Anoj Singh, and former acting chief executive, Matshela Koko will appear before the committee after the pair failed to give evidence late last year. Rantho sent them back to prepare for the inquiry after they gave us their presentation very late.

According to the African National Congress (ANC) Study Group Whip Rantho said, “we are fully aware that the Mr Koko and Mr Singh will appear and we are looking forward to their presentation next week.” 

In a statement issued by DA MP Natasha Mazzone on Tuesday that the party welcomes the announcement that the Parliamentary Inquiry into Eskom is set to resume on January 23.

She pointed out that former Eskom chief financial officer Anoj Singh is set to appear before the inquiry on that day.

Controversial Koko is expected to appear on January 24. Earlier this a group of concerned Eskom employees have been reportedly to be opposed to Koko and Prish Govender’s reinstated as Eskom’s head of generation after a period of suspension. 

Koko was accused of awarding contracts to a company linked to his stepdaughter while Govender faced charges for allegedly playing a role in the Trillian debacle but both were cleared of any wrongdoing.

The letter says that the employees no longer want to keep quiet about corporate governance issues at Eskom.

Eskom’s board has received a letter from concerned employees and is currently reviewing it.

The employees, who have not been named, say that Eskom has had at least four CEO’s in the past year while the public inquiry has rated the interim chairperson Zethembe Khoza three out of ten, which has caused major concerns.

The reinstatement of Koko and Govender has also raised alarm bells for these employees who say that it puts Eskom at risk of not being able to access the market for additional loans.