Eskom: McKin­sey was a sole source provider

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Inside -

ESKOM said yes­ter­day it had pro­cured the ser­vices of con­sul­tancy McKin­sey through a sole source provider, there­fore com­pet­i­tive bid­ding pro­cesses were not fol­lowed.

In ad­di­tion, the use of Tril­lian as a sub­con­trac­tor to McKin­sey is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, the state-owned en­tity said.

The con­tract has since been can­celled and the board is seek­ing re­cov­ery fees from McKin­sey, which has agreed to the re­fund.

Senior of­fi­cials have been sus­pended and chair­per­son Jabu Mabuza says that they have to wait for the course of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the “du­bi­ous trans­ac­tion” to be com­pleted.

The new chair­per­son said that the for­mer act­ing CEO of Eskom, Sean Maritz, would be sub­jected to a dis­ci­plinary in­quiry over a let­ter he sent to McKin­sey, which said its R1bn con­tract with Eskom was “le­gal”.

Maritz was given un­til yes­ter­day to ex­plain why he should not be sus­pended. “We are of­fer­ing no amnesty to pur­sue crim­i­nal charges to of­fi­cials found guilty,” Mabuza said.

Radebe crit­i­cised the gov­ern­ment for tak­ing too long to re­act to the cri­sis at Eskom. He said Pub­lic En­ter­prises Min­is­ter Lynn Brown should not only be blamed, as sev­eral other or­gan­i­sa­tions and fi­nance com­mit­tees could have made a de­ci­sion on Eskom be­fore liq­uid­ity is­sues arose.

We are of­fer­ing no amnesty to pur­sue crim­i­nal charges to of­fi­cials found guilty (of any mis­con­duct at Eskom)

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