Eskom inquiry: 'Khulani Qoma is out of order, fabricating lies'

Eskom chair Zethembe Khoza began testifying in the parliamentary inquiry into allegations of state capture on Tuesday.

Zethembe Khoza interim chairman of the Eskom board briefs media on 2016 results on 19 July 2017. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom chairperson Zethembe Khoza says the board’s spokesperson Khulani Qoma is out of order and is fabricating tales about him.

Khoza began testifying in the parliamentary inquiry into allegations of state capture on Tuesday.

He was asked to respond to allegations about the Guptas' role in protecting acting CEO Matshela Koko from being suspended in March.

Qoma told the inquiry a few weeks ago that Koko would have been suspended earlier this year had it not been for certain interventions at a high level.

He claims Khoza told the Guptas about Koko’s looming suspension, prompting Minister Lynne Brown to intervene.

When asked by evidence leader Ntuthuzelo Vanara to respond to Qoma’s claim, Khoza denied everything.

“I don’t know the reason why [the then board chairperson Ben] Ngubane decided not to carry on with it.”

MPs will get their chance to grill Khoza when the inquiry resumes on Wednesday.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)