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Koko denies Salim Essa paid R100k to reroute his family from Indonesia to Dubai

He said he personally paid R330,000 for the holiday to Indonesia and asked Suzanne Daniels to assist him with visa applications for Dubai and changing flight plans.

FILE: A screengrab of former Eskom executive Matshela Koko appearing at the state capture inquiry on 1 March 2021. Picture: SABC/YouTube

JOHANNESBURG - Former Eskom CEO Matshela Koko denies that Salim Essa paid R100,000 to reroute his family from Indonesia to Dubai.

While appearing at the state capture commission on Monday, he said he personally paid R330,000 for the holiday to Indonesia and asked Suzanne Daniels to assist him with visa applications for Dubai and changing flight plans.

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But he said the travel agency that arranged it all had been unable to provide the proof that he paid due to the time-lapse since the 2015 trip.

The commission asked: “The payment of R100,000 - which is alleged to be made by Mr Essa, you know nothing about it?”

Koko responded: “I know absolutely nothing about it.”

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Koko said it was not true that Essa paid for his family to go on holiday.

He said he paid every cent of the R332,000 bill himself: “Matshela Moses Koko was R50,015, my wife was R50,015, my son who was six-years-old was R13,280 and my four daughters were R50,000 each.

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Koko said he and his wife wrote to the travel agency asking for proof of payments from 2015 but they hadn’t succeeded in getting any receipts.

NOTHING WRONG WITH MEETING TRILLIAN CAPITAL

Koko said he saw nothing wrong with meeting Trillian Capital, which was founded by Essa even though the power utility had no contract with the company.

Trillian was a subcontractor of McKinsey, whose contract with Eskom was also questioned, but Trillian wanted to be paid directly.

The state capture commission asked Koko why he met with Trillian even after he made it clear there was nothing he could do about its demands.

Koko said the only person he spoke to after the meeting with Trillian was Mr Saga and no one else.

He again denied links with Essa, this time from an executive of Trillian, the company that Essa founded.

But he said he saw nothing wrong with meeting the company even though it had no contractual links to Eskom.

Evidence leader Pule Seleka asked: “Why did you need to go to Melrose Arch to visit Mr Salim Essa and talk about payments?”

Koko responded: “Because I did not see anything wrong in doing that."

Seleka: “I’m asking why after saying you can’t pay Trillian directly, you still see the need to go to Trillian with whom you have no contract?”

Koko: “They are a subcontractor of McKinsey; they are working on my site.”

Koko previously denied that he called Eskom executives to meetings with Essa at Melrose Arch on the eve of the suspension of senior executives including himself.

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