Noose tight­en­ing on cor­rupt Eskom of­fi­cials: Scopa


THE noose is tight­en­ing on of­fi­cials in Eskom and other state-owned en­ti­ties in­volved in cor­rup­tion and other ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

This was the warn­ing is­sued by the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Ac­counts (Scopa) yes­ter­day, fol­low­ing sev­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Eskom of­fi­cials.

Themba Godi, Scopa chair­per­son, said the coun­try should not re­lent in the fight against cor­rup­tion.

He said cor­rup­tion was a can­cer that needed to be erad­i­cated from so­ci­ety.

Sev­eral state-owned en­ter­prises (SoEs) have been em­broiled in al­le­ga­tions of state cap­ture, with the Gup­tas fin­gered at the cen­tre of the al­le­ga­tions. Yes­ter­day, a Na­tional Trea­sury re­port into coal con­tracts at Eskom in­volv­ing the Gup­tas had rec­om­mended ac­tion against top of­fi­cials at the power util­ity.

The re­port has called for probes against Brian Molefe, the for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive, and his suc­ces­sor, Mat­shela Koko, cur­rently on sus­pen­sion.

Last June for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han com­plained in Par­lia­ment that Eskom was re­fus­ing to hand over more than 200 pages of doc­u­ments on the coal con­tracts with the Gup­tas as part of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

This led to Pub­lic En­ter­prises Min­is­ter Lynne Brown forc­ing Eskom to sub­mit the doc­u­ments to Trea­sury. The Trea­sury was sup­posed to give Scopa its re­port on this in­ves­ti­ga­tion last Novem­ber, but said the probe had not been com­pleted. It men­tioned lack of co-op­er­a­tion by Eskom.

Godi said the fact that the re­port had been com­pleted would give them an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss it. He would not say when Scopa would meet to dis­cuss the re­port and its im­pli­ca­tions.

This is one of sev­eral probes into the com­pany, in­clud­ing an­other one or­dered by Brown that would in­volve the Spe­cial In­ves­ti­gat­ing Unit.

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