Eskom wants Singh at its key meet­ings

Sunday Times - - NEWS - By SABELO SKITI

Scan­dal-hit Eskom wants dis­graced chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer and Gupta ally Anoj Singh to be in­vited to board meet­ings, de­spite his be­ing on spe­cial leave.

The Sun­day Times has seen a letter from the board’s in­terim chair­man, Zethembe Khoza, to Pub­lic En­ter­prises Min­is­ter Lynne Brown seek­ing her ap­proval of this.

“Mr Anoj Singh is cur­rently an ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor on the board of Eskom and in our view is en­ti­tled to re­ceive all in­vi­ta­tions for and at­tend board meet­ings dur­ing the pe­riod he is on spe­cial leave, un­less the Min­is­ter di­rects oth­er­wise,” reads the letter, dated Septem­ber 2.

This week Khoza said he had merely asked Brown to pro­vide clar­ity on whether the ac­tion against Singh af­fected his sta­tus as an ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

“Re­mem­ber he has to be ap­pointed to the board sep­a­rately, even though he came through virtue of be­ing chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer,” Khoza said.

“We wanted the min­is­ter to clar­ify it. There is nowhere it says if you’re a board mem­ber and you’re sus­pended on one role you au­to­mat­i­cally get sus­pended on an­other one.

“It’s quite bizarre, but at the end when peo­ple start su­ing each other, if you haven’t asked for proper clar­ity from the right peo­ple it be­comes a prob­lem,” he said.

Brown has de­manded a re­port from the power util­ity on Singh’s in­volve­ment in the pay­ment of R500-mil­lion to Tril­lian, a Gupta-linked com­pany, with­out a con­tract.

Brown’s spokesman, Colin Cruy­wa­gen, con­firmed she had re­ceived a letter from Khoza, but said its con­tents were con­fi­den­tial.

Singh said yes­ter­day he felt he had the right to at­tend board meet­ings to ad­dress queries and en­sure there was no mis­un­der­stand­ing of his role in the McKin­sey and Tril­lian trans­ac­tion.

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