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Is Eskom blocking an investigation into coal contracts?

Treasury says Eskom failed to provide information it promised; it’s also put up all sorts of hindrances.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - National Treasury says it wants to state categorically that its attempts to review the coal contracts signed between Eskom and the Gupta-owned firm Tegeta have met resistance.

Treasury says despite the fact Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has escalated the request for information about the contracts to Eskom Chair Ben Ngubane, it's not received the necessary information.

It also says Eskom has not only failed to provide the information it promised, it has put up all sorts of hindrances.

In a statement released this afternoon, National Treasury says it notes with concern the statement issued by Eskom yesterday suggesting it has been cooperating with its process of reviews of coal contracts with Tegeta.

Instead, the Treasury says it would like to categorically state that its efforts have met resistance.

The finance ministry goes on to explain that it has made several attempts to get the necessary information, including sending a report to Eskom CEO Brian Molefe granting Eskom an extension and sending a request for a system generated list of payments made to Tegeta.

The ministry says that Gordhan then escalated the matter to the chair of Eskom's board Ngubane raising concerns about advance payments made to Tegeta.

But instead, the Treasury says that not only has Eskom failed to honour its undertaking to submit comments to its reports, it has chosen to ignore correspondence and put up all forms of hindrances.

LISTEN: Eskom insists it has cooperated with National Treasury

'ESKOM LYING'

The National Treasury also says Eskom is not telling the truth about its request for information as part of its review of contracts signed between the power utility and Tegeta.

Yesterday, Eskom said it was cooperating with the finance ministry's requests for information about the contract.

Eskom issued a statement saying it was still cooperating with the National Treasury in its reviews of these contracts with Tegeta.

Now the National Treasury says that is not the case and that Eskom has actually resisted its attempts to get this information.

The finance ministry explains how it went through several channels to get this data, including asking for a system generated list of payments made to Tegeta.

The Treasury says Eskom has actually ignored its letters and tried to find ways to hinder the process.

But earlier, Eskom gave its first reaction to these claims.

It says that it has been complying with the requests from the National Treasury.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe said, "We insist that we are collaborating with the National Treasury and we have documentary proof to show that we've been proving them with the information they were requesting."

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