Eskom to meet with Parliament again

Eskom will have another opportunity to meet with Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises.

Committee member Narend Singh says that the next meeting with Eskom will include National Treasury and other relevant role players.

Eskom's CEO Brian Molefe and Chairperson Ben Ngubane faced questions in Parliament on the power utility's coal contract with Tegeta, and its differences with National Treasury.

In the limited time that was available to us, we were unable to get to the crux of the matter

Narend Singh, Parliament Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises member

Speaking to 702's Xolani Gwala, Singh says that it is important to National Treasury to be present in the next meeting. This is to assist the portfolio committee to get to the bottom of the differences between Eskom and National Treasury.

It was important that we had other role players in the meeting, particularly National Treasury, because it is them who requested some answers from Eskom

Narend Singh, Parliament Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises member

Singh says that portfolio committee still has lingering questions about Eskom's advance payments, which he reveals, amount to about 3.2 billion rand.

What kind of cheques and balances do you have moving forward in terms of the delivery of the service you are paying for

Narend Singh, Parliament Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises member

According to Singh, there has been no proof presented to the portfolio committee yet, that the relationship between Eskom and the Gupta family is corrupt.

Today we weren't able to prove that the relationship between them is one that smacks of corruption, nepotism, and of favours being done. But I think in due course, with the type of questioning that started today and with National Treasury providing guidelines on what the regulations are, we'd really be able to get to the bottom of this

Narend Singh, Parliament Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises member

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