Mat­shela Koko has to face a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS REPORT - Ziyanda Mbolekwa

ESKOM is to haul its sus­pended former chief ex­ec­u­tive Mat­shela Koko be­fore a dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee on al­leged charges of cor­rup­tion and nepotism.

The power util­ity said yes­ter­day that it would charge Koko with con­flict of in­ter­est fol­low­ing Eskom’s award­ing of R1 bil­lion worth of con­tracts to Im­pulse In­ter­na­tional while his step­daugh­ter Koketso Choma was a di­rec­tor and a 35 per­cent share­holder at the firm.

Koko ini­tially said he was not aware of the con­tracts, but board chair­per­son Zethembe Khoza said that Eskom sought le­gal ad­vice, which pointed out that there was a case to be an­swered.

Khoza said the board had al­ready in­formed Pub­lic En­ter­prises Min­is­ter Lynne Brown of its de­ci­sion.

“In terms of the find­ings in the Koko mat­ter, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was based on the con­flict of in­ter­est and also the ju­di­ciary re­spon­si­bil­ity as the head of the di­vi­sions be­cause some of the con­tracts hap­pened un­der his rul­ing.”

Rat­i­fied

Khoza said the au­dit com­mit­tee had also rat­i­fied the charges.

“We re­ceived a re­port on June 23, the re­port did not ex­plic­itly in­di­cate the charges that a per­son can be charged of, it was just an in­di­ca­tion to out­line the is­sues be­cause they were tak­ing place within the fam­ily,” Khoza said.

“The is­sues that we had to take into ac­count were sub ju­dice of the per­son hold­ing that par­tic­u­lar ca­pac­ity within the or­gan­i­sa­tion and also to look at how the con­flict em­anates to other depart­ments.”

Koko was placed on leave fol­low­ing claims that he awarded the lu­cra­tive con­tract to Im­pulse In­ter­na­tional.

Koko was in charge of Eskom fol­low­ing Molefe’s abrupt de­par­ture­last year.

On Tues­day, Brown ac­knowl­edged the charges of mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion and cor­rup­tion made against Eskom and ad­mit­ted that the al­le­ga­tions have tainted the im­age of the util­ity.

PHOTO: NI­CHOLAS RAMA

Former act­ing Eskom chief ex­ec­u­tive Mat­shela Koko is ac­cused of cor­rup­tion and nepotism that ben­e­fited his step­daugh­ter to the tune of R1 bil­lion in con­tracts.

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