The curious case of Gordhan amid Hawks, Eskom and Treasury debacles

It remains unclear what the future holds for South Africa's State-owned enterprises as Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, faces various challenges at Eskom, SAA and the nuclear deal question.

The issue came to light after the Sunday Times revealed that Tegeta's contractual relationship with Eskom was being probed by Treasury.

Tegeta, which is a Gutpa-owned coal producing company, is also reported to have been paid R130-million for sub-standard coal supplied to the national power utility.

In response to the allegations, Eskom said it had cooperated fully with Treasury. In a statement released from Treasury, it hit back claiming that there were documents that remained outstanding from Eskom in their probe into the matter.

702's John Robbie invited EWN reporter, Stephen Grootes, to unpack the matter. Grootes said the ongoing war of words between the two entities might be related to Gordhan tightening the belt at South African Airways (SAA) and his reluctance to approve a nuclear procurement deal with Russia.

What it suggests is that people are trying to get Pravin Gordhan out of the way because of what's happening at Eskom as one of the reasons.

Stephen Grootes, EWN reporter

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