‘Details of Eskom inquiry remain sketchy’

The inquiry relates to the utility's financial status and delays in power stations coming online.

FILE: Eskom's headquarters in Sunninghill. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As Eskom says its chair Zola Tsotsi is not running the inquiry into the utility, questions remain about why its CEO Tshediso Matona was suspended in the first place.

It's been reported that Tsotsi is chairing the board sub-committee that will determine who will conduct the inquiry and its terms of reference.

Last week Tsotsi said Matona and three other officials were asked to step aside while the inquiry is being conducted.

Econometrix chief economist Azar Jammine says factual details of what is taking place within the parastatal will be hard to find.

"Unfortunately, you are not going to get a complete unbiased analysis of what has been going wrong with Eskom from such an inquiry."

Meanwhile, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown was on Monday asked about the independence of Eskom's inquiry.

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

Democratic Alliance shadow minister of public enterprises Natasha Mazzone says the inquiry's integrity is at stake if it is headed by Tsotsi.

"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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