[BREAKING] Eskom fires evidence leader in Koko hearing over altercation
This follows an altercation between Matsaung and 'Financial Mail' deputy editor Sikonathi Mantshantsha after the hearing was adjourned on Friday.
JOHANNESBURG – Eskom has terminated the services of its evidence leader, Sebetja Matsaung, in the disciplinary hearing of suspended Eskom executive Matshela Koko.
This follows an altercation between Matsaung and the Financial Mail’s deputy editor Sikonathi Mantshantsha after the hearing was adjourned on Friday.
“Eskom condemns Matsaung’s behaviour in the strongest terms possible. We wish to convey our unreserved apologies that this unfortunate incident occurred”, Eskom aid in a statement.
The hearing, which is due to recommence on Monday, will be postponed until a new evidence leader is appointed.
Eskom says it will keep the public updated on developments on all communication platforms.
Koko is charged with failure to declare accurately and in a timely manner that his stepdaughter, Koketso Choma, was a director of and had a financial interest in a company that was doing business with Eskom Generation at a time when Koko was head of generation and subsequently acting CEO at Eskom.
The company, Impulse International, established in 2006, is said to have received contracts from Eskom generation totalling over R1-billion while Choma was a director and beneficial shareholder of Impulse International.
At the commencement of the disciplinary hearing, Koko refuted the allegations and pleaded not guilty to all six charges of misconduct levelled against him in the charge sheet, copies of which were distributed to the media attending the hearing, together with Koko’s responding plea.
The charges of misconduct levelled against Koko follow an investigation and final report, recommending disciplinary action against him.