Confusion continues to swirl within Eskom over Trillian scandal

Eskom’s acting chairZethembe Khoza insists he didn’t know that Eskom was paying Trillian directly but as information has emerged they’ve taken action.

FILE: Eskom’s acting chair Zethembe Khoza. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Confusion continues to swirl within Eskom about the Trillian scandal and those who've been seriously implicated.

Eskom’s acting chair Zethembe Khoza told Eyewitness News on Thursday afternoon already that CFO Anoj Singh’s special leave has now been converted to suspension and that two others have also been re-suspended.

When EWN spoke to Minister Lynne Brown she too confirmed this, saying she is aware of the suspensions. But others within Eskom have contradicted that news, saying they are unable to confirm or deny.

A damning report by Eskom’s own legal team seen by EWN has also revealed how several Eskom executives, including the controversial CFO, went out of their way to pay the Gupta-linked company and how the utility was warned at least four times about the dangers of entering into the McKinsey contract in the first place.

Khoza insists he didn’t know that Eskom was paying Trillian directly but as information has emerged they’ve taken action.

“Some of them have already been suspended, like Mr Singh, Prish Govender and Charles Kalima. It’s unfortunate that the things only came up now. It’s overwhelming because we’ve been investigating left and right.”

Brown has told EWN she hasn’t received the “final Eskom report” about its dealings with Trillian because she asked for clarification on certain issues.

She was handed the report on 1 September and EWN has seen the responses to her questions which were submitted by 15 September.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)