Brown instructs Eskom to start taking legal steps over Trillian report

The power utility handed over a report to Lynne Brown earlier this month, as well as additional information which she requested about its dealings with the company.

FILE: Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brow n has instructed Eskom to start taking legal steps with regards to the Trillian report before communicating further.

The power utility handed over a report to Brown earlier this month, as well as additional information which she requested about its dealings with the Gupta-linked company.

Eskom had claimed that payments of R1.6 billion to Trillian and consultancy firm McKinsey were above board but it then emerged that a New York-based firm had in fact red flagged these transactions and recommended a legal review.

Brown issued a statement last week expressing her disappointment at what she called Eskom's inappropriate and tardy responses in a report it handed over about its dealings with the Trillian.

Eskom answered further questions this week in relation to what disciplinary processes are taking place.

The minister is now satisfied that appropriate processes are being instituted internally and externally to address allegations and conflicts of interest and corruption at the utility.

It's unclear if the report will be made public.