Whistleblower reveals damning evidence in state capture probe

Parliament's Eskom inquiry resumed on Tuesday with parliamentarians focusing on the state-owned company's relationship with Trillian, a local advisory firm with links to the Gupta family.

Today's hearing forms part of the Public Enterprises Portfolio Committee's probe into allegations of state capture at Eskom and other parastatals.

EWN reporter, Rahima Essop tells stand-in host of The Midday Report Ray White that Mosilo Mothepu testified on Tuesday. She says Mothepu is a whistleblower who once gave information to former public protector, Thuli Madonsela during her probe into state capture.

Mothepu worked for Regiments Capital which was later bought over and became Trillian Capital Partners headed by Eric Wood and until recently controlled by Gupta associate and ally Salim Essa.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

Mothepu sketched the relationship between Eskom and Trillian - explaining that Trillian took many of Regiments' public sector clients such as Eskom, Denel and SA Express.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

Eskom paid Trillian for advisory service, seven though it did not have a contract with the power utility, says Essop.

Essop also reports that Mothepu suggested there was no value in the estimated R600 million that Trillian was paid because Eskom has the in-house capacity to do the work itself.

Together with McKinsey, Trillian as the supply development partner scored about R1.6 billion from Eskom.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

Mothepu also made mention of how Wood knew that Nhlanhla Nene and Pravin Gordhan would lose their jobs as finance ministers, adds Essop.

She reports that suspended Eskom CFO Anoj Singh was also brought up in Mothepu's testimony in relation to how he helped Trillian get government business.

Listen to the full report in the clip below:


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