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‘Eskom had good governance before 2011 board overhaul’

Former Eskom CEO Brian Dames gave evidence in a parliamentary inquiry into allegations of grand corruption at Eskom.

A screengrab of former Eskom CEO Brian Dames during a briefing with a Parliamentary portfolio committee. Picture: YouTube

CAPE TOWN - Former Eskom CEO Brian Dames has told lawmakers he stepped down from his position in 2014 as it had become difficult to vouch for good governance at the parastatal.

Dames gave evidence in a parliamentary inquiry into allegations of grand corruption at Eskom.

Members of the Gupta family and their associates are said to be at the centre of state capture accusations.

Dames believes governance was in good shape before the board of Eskom was overhauled in 2011.

“After the World Cup and all the changes happened, I knew I was going to leave Eskom. I knew the environment was such that we will do what was right but we could not change.”

He told lawmakers that the board under the chairmanship of Zola Tsotsi got involved in procurement matters, which he thought was "unusual" and "irregular."

The portfolio committee on public enterprises also heard from former Eskom employee Ted Blom, who spoke about a “kickback culture” at Eskom and irregularities in coal procurement.