Ex-Eskom executive shrugs off summonses
FORMER Eskom executive Matshela Koko has shrugged off the litigation instituted by Eskom and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to recoup from the utility’s former executives, board members, Gupta family and associates the R3.8billion lost to state capture corruption.
Koko yesterday took to social media saying the summonses by Eskom and the SIU were a “horrific blunder and bad publicity”.
He said he was reminded of similar summonses he received from businesswoman Magda Wierzycka and the Helen Suzman Foundation in November 2017 which came to nothing.
“The latest summonses by @ Eskom_SA and the SIU will also come to nought,” Koko said, adding that the 2017 summons had nothing to show.
The two entities announced that they issued the summons in the North Gauteng High Court to recover funds spent on the acquisition of the controversial Optimum Coal Holdings and payments made to Trillian by Eskom executives.
“The funds were lost in a concerted effort corruptly to divert financial resources from Eskom, to improperly and illegally benefit the Gupta family and entities controlled by the said family and their associates during their 2015-16 acquisition of the operations of Optimum Coal Holdings Limited (OCH),” they said.
SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said the corruption-busting body had been conducting a lot of investigation into contracts at Eskom since 2018.
“This is but one of the investigations we have been conducting and because of evidence we gathered, we are now recovering the monies from these individuals,” Kganyago said.
Former Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe, chief financial officer Anoj Singh, former group executive for generation Matshela Moses Koko and former company secretary and head of legal service Suzanne Margaret Daniels are named as defendants.
Others include former board chairperson Ben Ngubane, former board member Chwayita Mabude and former board member Mark Vivian Pamensky. Also on the list of defendants are former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane, businessman Salim Aziz Essa, and Gupta family members Rajesh Tony Gupta, Atul Gupta and Ajay Gupta.
Kganyago said that now that papers were issued, the court case would get under way with those cited as respondents.
According to Eskom and the SIU, the claim for damages related to the recovery of about R3.8 billion illegally diverted from Eskom to help the Gupta family and its associates acquire the operations of OCH, which owned the Optimum Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd that supplied the Hendrina power station with coal.
“The further delictual claim for damages pertains to the payments that were unlawfully made to Trillian by Eskom executives.”
Eskom and the SIU said they reserved the right to pursue other individuals and entities or to join others to this action.