Matshela Koko apologises to Mantashe's daughter over bribery claims

'I apologise to Ms Mawela for any harm to her reputation suffered as a result of these allegations,' he said.

FILE: Matshela Koko said at the time, he believed Nombasa Mawela received money as a bribe but added he now knew that it was not true. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Former acting Eskom CEO Matshela Koko on Monday apologised to the daughter of ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe for having made allegations against her in 2017 over shady business deals with Eskom officials.

In a series of tweets, Koko said during disciplinary proceedings at Eskom in November 2017, he stated that Nombasa Mawela had been on a retainer for 24 months, from Hlakudi Translations, and had received money from corrupt payments made to that entity.

Koko continued by saying that at the time, he believed Mawela received money as a bribe but added he now knew that it was not true.

“I apologise to Ms Mawela for any harm to her reputation suffered as a result of these allegations,” he added.

Mawela lodged a R500,000 defamation lawsuit against Koko in 2018 over the claims he made.

According to reports, he suggested that she received almost R1 million in bribes from a company owned by France Hlakudi, who is the former Eskom contracts manager.