DA questions independence of Eskom inquiry

It was last week announced utility chairperson Zola Tsotsi would head the probe.

Eskom's chairperson Zola Tsotsi revealed the power utility will be suspending four executives as part of an independent inquiry into the business at Megawatt Park in Johannesburg on 12 March 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown was on Monday asked to answer questions about the independence of Eskom's inquiry.

It was last week announced the parastatal's chairperson Zola Tsotsi would head the probe.

The inquiry, backed by Eskom's board, was related to the utility's financial status and delays in power stations coming online.

Four top executives, including CEO Tshediso Matona, were asked to 'step aside' for the duration of the three-month probe.

DA shadow minister of public enterprises Natasha Mazzone says the inquiry's integrity is at stake if Tsotsi heads it.

"That's why we wrote to Minister Lynne Brown, asking her for the exact set up of this committee, how it would be structured and what it would be looking at. I've asked for her immediate response, which I expect very soon."

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