Eskom-Trillian links report: Brown to seek legal advice

It's unclear if Brown will release Eskom's report to the public.

FILE: Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown. Picture: Gaye Davis/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown will seek legal advice this week after receiving Eskom's report into its relationship with Gupta-linked company Trillian.

The utility was initially supposed to hand over the report on Thursday but the minister extended the deadline to the end of business on Friday, saying she wanted additional information, including specific documents.

Eskom claimed in June that transactions between Trillian and consultancy firm McKinsey were all above board but it emerged that a New York-based company had, in fact, red flagged these payments and recommended a legal review.

It's unclear if Brown will release Eskom's report to the public. At this stage, she's seeking an urgent opinion on the report from a senior advocate before deciding what, if any, action should be taken.

At the same time, the Sunday Times is reporting that Brown made a call six months ago to prevent Matshela Koko from being suspended.

It's alleged that the minister received a call from the Guptas to keep Koko, who was apparently their eyes and ears at Eskom, on board.

However, he was eventually suspended for awarding contracts to a company his step-daughter was involved in.

The minister has denied this, saying decisions on whether or not to suspend executives are the responsibility of the board.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)