Former Eskom em­ployee hits back at Koko

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Nico Gous

A FORMER Eskom em­ployee has hit back at the util­ity’s sus­pended chief ex­ec­u­tive, Mat­shela Koko, who ac­cused him of cor­rup­tion.

France Hlakudi‚ former project man­ager at the Kusile power sta­tion‚ claimed in a lawyer’s let­ter yes­ter­day that parts of Koko’s tes­ti­mony were in­cor­rect‚ un­truth­ful and defam­a­tory.

Last week‚ Koko al­leged that Hlakudi had re­ceived a bribe of R61-mil­lion from Eskom con­trac­tor Tubu­lar Con­struc­tion Projects.

Koko said TCP paid the money into the bank ac­count of Hlakudi Trans­la­tion & In­ter­pre­ta­tion (HTI), be­long­ing to Hlakudi.

Koko made these al­le­ga­tions dur­ing his dis­ci­plinary hear­ing. He is fac­ing six charges, in­clud­ing al­legedly fail­ing to de­clare a con­flict of in­ter­est ow­ing to his step­daugh­ter own­ing shares in a com­pany awarded a ten­der by a di­vi­sion he led.

Hlakudi said the al­le­ga­tions against him were un­true and he be­lieved Koko should have in­sti­tuted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion or dis­ci­plinary in­quiry if he thought he was guilty.

Koko had also re­ferred to an af­fi­davit by former TCP em­ployee Pa­trice Tiberi, who said HTI was paid R400 000.

Hlakudi said the pay­ment was un­so­licited‚ not a bribe and was used for com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment projects.

Koko al­leged that Hlakudi paid Nom­basa Mawela‚ grand­daugh­ter of ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe‚ a “re­tainer” of R978 000. Hlakudi said he had a business relationship with Mawela go­ing back sev­eral years.

Hlakudi claimed Koko in­tim­i­dated and taunted him and that Koko’s con­duct re­flected a lack of hon­esty‚ trust­wor­thi­ness and in­tegrity.

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