Eskom Chairperson Jabu Mabuza To Take The Stand At Zondo Commission

Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza. PICTU: Simphiwe Mbokazi/African News Agency/ANA

Mabuza’s testimony comes after the commission’s legal team spent two days setting the scene about the alleged state capture of SOEs by shining the spotlight on Eskom.

All eyes are expected to be on Eskom board chairperson Jabu Mabuza, who is scheduled to be the first witness at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture on Friday as investigators delve into alleged corruption at the power utility.

Mabuza’s testimony comes after the commission’s legal team spent two days setting the scene about the alleged state capture of state-owned entities (SOEs) by shining the spotlight on Eskom.

Their work included a full gap analysis report, which sought to highlight existing reports or findings on Eskom, and statements which had been placed before the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises. 

The commission set down the next three weeks to focus on the power utility.

“Chair, you will see why it becomes important for the commission to deal with questions of allegations dealing with state capture relating to Eskom, due to its centrality to the sector, budget and procurement opportunities,” evidence leader Vincent Maleka, SC, said on Wednesday.

He said this would be done through gap analysis, which would help avoid repeating investigations that had already been conducted into the power utility.

“The first gap relates to interrogation of those findings previously made on Eskom by bodies. We believe that they require further analysis, so they can stand the test of time or avoid any form of challenge.

“The second form of gap analysis relates to interactions affected by suspicious conduct relating to state capture, such as fraud and corruption that have not been previously investigated by any previous person or body,” Maleka further explained.