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[FIRST ON EWN] Eskom suspends 3 more executives over Trillian scandal

The power utility says Prish Govender, Charles Kalima and Edwin Mabelane have been suspended in light of their involvement in paying Gupta-linked Trillian.

Eskom flags. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has told Eyewitness News that suspension notices have been issued to three other executives implicated in the Trillian scandal.

Last week acting chair Zethembe Khoza confirmed that CFO Anoj Singh's special leave had been converted to suspension - 20 hours before the utility formally announced the sanction.

Khoza also said that Prish Govender, Charles Kalima and Edwin Mabelane had been suspended in light of their involvement in paying Gupta-linked Trillian and pushing ahead with a controversial contract with consultancy firm Mckinsey, against both internal and external advice.

Khoza told EWN last week that Eskom has taken action against those implicated in the Trillian scandal.

“Singh is on suspension already. Govender and Kalima are also on suspension.”

EWN has revealed that Eskom’s own report details how Singh, Govender, Kalima and Mabelane ignored advice and went out of their way to pay Gupta-linked Trillian for little or no work.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe has now confirmed that their suspension notices have been served.

“Their suspensions are the ones the chairman has mention once before.”

It's taken Eskom several days to confirm information that had already been stated by its acting chair Khoza about top executives being suspended.

Phasiwe said: “In terms of the labour processes, you need to give them letters of intention to suspend before the actual suspension which means they were given until today so that they can make representations.”

The Special Investigating Unit has also confirmed that it has completed its initial probe into alleged maladministration and malpractice at Eskom - and is now waiting for approval from the president to start its full investigation.

Minister Lynne Brown is still due to comment on the damning evidence contained in Eskom’s internal report.

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