Former Eskom Boss ‘A Possible Criminal’, Says ANC MP

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

ANC MP Zukiswa Rantho has strongly criticised former acting boss of Eskom Matshela Koko, calling him a loyal servant of the Guptas and a “possible criminal”.

Rantho also criticised Koko’s outspokenness on Eskom-related issues on social media. She was speaking during a national assembly debate on the energy crisis facing the country on Thursday.

Rantho chaired a parliamentary inquiry into governance failures at Eskom between October 2017 and December 2018. In her speech on Thursday, she reflected on the work of the inquiry, reminding MPs that about three months ago she had presented a report of findings and recommendations of the inquiry to the assembly and that this had been unanimously accepted by MPs.

Rantho has slammed former executives of the power utility for becoming armchair critics about the crisis at the power utility. She’s gone as far as to insinuate that the former head of generation Matshela Koko is a criminal.

During debate on the energy crisis in Parliament, Rantho says he had twice been found to have lied about matters related to state capture and nepotism.

“Today, the same Koko is very outspoken on Twitter projecting himself as an expert on Eskom matters. What is worse, is that Koko who is possibly a criminal has been given a platform even by our radio stations to rubbish the current leadership of Eskom which is doing so well to clean up Eskom.”

Koko has since took to Twitter almost immediately to say that Rantho’s conclusions about him having lied are not contained in Parliament’s final report which has been handed to the Zondo Commission of Inquiry.

He also says Rantho used Thursday’s platform to abuse her parliamentary privilege.