Lynne Brown is incapable and captured: former Eskom spokesman

Lawrence Kim
November 14, 2017

Eskom board spokesperson Khulani Qoma has blamed Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown for the corruption at Eskom.

Qoma said the return of Molefe to Eskom after his initial departure was totally devastating for Eskom's reputation.

He told MPs that former board chairperson Ben Ngubane was on the verge of suspending Koko early this year, but Brown intervened.

"Then he shocks me".

Brown subsequently released a statement, asking that Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises' be "even-handed and allow those who have been accused by selected witnesses an opportunity to state their positions at the inquiry". Koko had already left the office for the day and was summoned back.

But the Gupta brothers were called to inform them of the decision and they called Brown, who in turn called Ngubane and ordered him not to do it, Qoma added.

He said Khoza conceded that he had "called one of the G [Gupta] brothers" and that this prompted Brown's intervention.

"Just moments before. Koko was called, "he (Khoza) snuck out of the room to "make a call to a G brother".

According to Fin24, the Dentons investigation, which saw a variety of executives suspended from the parastatal in 2015 - including suspended executive Matshela Koko - Qoma said the investigation excluded terms of reference that would have held Koko guilty.

"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 Mr Qoma. That is water to her, so she's in the mist of water yet she says: "I'm not wet".

"The problem here is the minister". "The fact of the matter is that if we deal with the respect of office, this minister needs to sit here and account. She is totally incapable", he said.

Qoma said Brown needed to take responsibility for bringing disgraced former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and now suspended chief financial officer Anoj Singh to the power utility after questions had been asked about their conduct at Transnet. "She has not responded to the interest of her lover at Eskom".

His report stated that Eskom's corporate arrogance was "costing South Africa" and he warned that Molefe and Koko should not be allowed near the energy utility.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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