Brown 'failed to act' on ev­i­dence against Eskom bosses

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG - Pub­lic En­ter­prises Min­is­ter Lynne Brown is un­der fire for “fail­ing to act” on damn­ing ev­i­dence that im­pli­cates top Eskom man­agers in an al­legedly ir­reg­u­lar pay­ments scan­dal.

Busi­ness Day re­ported yes­ter­day that Brown had been handed prima fa­cie ev­i­dence that Eskom had used to sus­pend top of­fi­cials for au­tho­ris­ing ir­reg­u­lar pay­ments of R1.6 bil­lion in 2016.

The ev­i­dence in­cluded doc­u­ments about pay­ments to Gup­talinked Tril­lian with­out in­voices or con­tracts‚ unau­tho­rised ex­pen­di­ture and breaches of the Pub­lic Fi­nance Man­age­ment Act.

Eskom also al­legedly failed to ask Trea­sury for a per­mis­sion to de­vi­ate from nor­mal pro­cure­ment pro­ce­dures be­fore sign­ing a con­tract with McKin­sey.

McKin­sey ig­nored staff warn­ings in South Africa Gupta scan­dal, ex-em­ploy­ees say.

It was re­ported on Tues­day that in­ter­na­tional con­sul­tancy firm McKin­sey‚ which has been dragged into the Gupta state cap­ture saga‚ had dis­tanced it­self from its South African di­rec­tor‚ Vikas Sa­gar‚ and the Gupta-linked com­pany Tril­lian.

Sub­se­quently

Eskom said in June that New York City-based law firm Oliver Wy­man had found pay­ments to­talling R1.6-bil­lion to Tril­lian and McKin­sey to be above board.

Eskom has sub­se­quently ad­mit­ted to ly­ing about pay­ments made to Tril­lian and McKin­sey‚ ad­mit­ting that the pay­ments were red­flagged and that a le­gal review was rec­om­mended.

Brown’s spo k es­man Colin Cruy­wa­gen told Busi­ness Day that the min­is­ter had taken a “par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in the Tril­lian mat­ter as in­for­ma­tion re­ceived from Eskom‚ re­layed to Par­lia­ment in good faith‚ has sub­se­quently been brought into ques­tion.”

Busi­ness DAY

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