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Eskom distances itself from Qoma’s utterances

Eskom has distanced itself from utterances made at the Parliamentary Inquiry by its board spokesperson Khulani Qoma.

Power Utility was responding to damning evidence made by Qoma during the inquiry on Tuesday.

Eskom chairman Zethembe Khoza said that the manner in which Qoma spoke about the shareholder representative, Department of Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown was not part of the Eskom culture.

“There have been several witnesses that have been called to give their testimonies who have clearly represented their own interests at the expense of the organisation and the country at large. We understand that Eskom will be given an opportunity to make a formal presentation at the Parliamentary Inquiry where it will give an honest, transparent and truthful account of events,” Khoza said.

In his statement, Qoma said Eskom’s collapse was deliberate, well-orchestrated and shame-free, and the entire leadership was culpable.

Qoma indicated that the Dentons report was used to eliminate competition for former Acting Chief Executive, Matshela Koko.

“It is clear that the suspension of the four executives was not predicated on noble intentions, but to pave the way for Koko to become GCE so as to effectively execute the capturing of Eskom”, said  Qoma.

“This is based on the fact that the Dentons investigation deliberately omitted the individuals behind governance lapses, wherein Koko was most featured, the three executives were summarily removed from their posts and Koko miraculously returned to the office to become GCE,” he added.

Qoma told the Committee that across the entire saga of state capture, Minister for Public Enterprises Lynne Brown has been telling South Africans that she isn’t wet in spite of the fact that she is fully submerged under water. People across her office and her portfolio are her well-known water and they have all failed to expose the capture claims.

“Minister Brown’s ‘I was lied to’, ‘I didn’t know’ strategy is a public admission of incompetence. A worthy leader creates capacity for due diligence so as to increase prudent leadership. But she routinely tells the citizens that she was lied to or something to that lousy effect,” he added.

The Committee said it welcomed the presentation made by Qoma, but reiterated that individuals whose names were  mentioned and  implicated during the inquiry would be afforded an opportunity  appear before the inquiry.



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