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Minister Brown sceptical about Eskom's honesty, calls for graft probe

Brown made it clear that she’s had reason to question the veracity of some of the answers she’s been given by Eskom.

FILE: Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown briefs the media on the state of Eskom at their offices in Woodmead. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – As Eskom is set to announce its financial results on Wednesday morning, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has asked the interim board to conduct short-term investigations into corruption and report back to her, saying that she’s skeptical about the utility's truthfulness.

The Sunday Times reported this week that Eskom is sitting on its last R20 billion and still wants to pay bonuses to axed CEO Brian Molefe and suspended acting CEO Matshela Koko.

But power utility maintains it’s not cash-strapped and will be able to continue operations and paying salaries.

Brown says allegations of corruption and maladministration have damaged the integrity of Eskom but admits that investigations are still underway and none of the claims have been tested in court.

However, Brown made it clear that she’s had reason to question the veracity of some of the answers she’s been given by Eskom.

“I, therefore, instituted various measures including changing the board. I have also asked the new interim board of Eskom to conduct short-term investigations.”

While Brown would not answer questions at the conference on Tuesday, her department says that Eskom should be given an opportunity to make its announcement at the annual financial results briefing scheduled for today.