HLAKUDI RE­SPONDS

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“As you are aware, I am ex­pected to tes­tify in Mr M Koko’s dis­ci­plinary hear­ing. Fur­ther­more, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, Eskom in­tends con­duct­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­le­ga­tions re­ferred to in your ar­ti­cle and the po­lice are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter.

“In the cir­cum­stances, it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate, if not im­proper, to deal with the al­le­ga­tions in any de­tail at this stage, save for point­ing out that your ar­ti­cle has a num­ber of fac­tual in­ac­cu­ra­cies and that I strongly deny all al­le­ga­tions of im­pro­pri­ety lev­elled against me. The al­le­ga­tions are false and defam­a­tory. I am tak­ing le­gal ad­vice re­gard­ing my rights and the in­sti­tu­tion of le­gal ac­tion.

“You will no doubt ask your­self why these al­le­ga­tions and al­leged doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence emerges at this point in time.

“Clearly, they are part of a des­per­ate and trans­par­ent at­tempt to di­vert at­ten­tion from the real is­sues at hand and to pre­empt the ev­i­dence that will be led against Mr Koko at his dis­ci­plinary hear­ing.

“Un­for­tu­nately, your in­tended pub­li­ca­tion will serve these ul­te­rior mo­tives.

“I will prove, at the ap­pro­pri­ate time and in the ap­pro­pri­ate fo­rum, that these al­le­ga­tions are false and that I did not act un­law­fully or im­prop­erly in any man­ner.”

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